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Re: Proposal for new trip rating guidelines

: I tend to agree and more.

: We're not RIKA. 98% of our paddles are the same. Depart at 10,
: paddle leisurely for and hour and a half or a little more and
: have lunch somewhere. Then paddle back. I have never heard of a
: rock garden paddle. We have all played around in rocks but it
: wasn't the paddle. Level 3 - deep water rescue? Or what? don't
: come along.

: I think it's too serious. Sometimes people just get carried away
: with trying to cover all these imaginary scenarios for some
: reason which has no bearing on the safety´┐Ż or functionality of
: the club.
: You want to post a circumnavigation of James Town? fine, post the
: distance and that there could be some pretty rough water.

: Where do we mention to check the wind forecast for the day? Which
: for me is one of the most important pieces of information in
: predicting what you can expect. Just because RIKA wrote this
: stuff doesn't mean it's us.

: Personally I have no idea how far I paddle. I don't own a GPS and
: would not have a clue looking at the trip ratings if I'm
: qualified or not. I can paddle all day once the season gets me
: back in shape. But seriously, I have no idea how far I paddle. I
: know how long I paddle.

I have to disagree on a few points. Many paddles are the same and fairly mild and would carry the the same fairly mild Level 2-3 rating. There are also a fair number of paddles ("official" and otherwise) that take place in Fishers Island Sound and points East, that have the potential for more difficult conditions and situations such as surf landings, strong currents, rock gardens, big swells etc. They should be rated differently. These paddles exist as both Club and "pickup" trips, not choosing to go on them doesn't make them not exist. As far as the "deep water rescue" goes, I think the idea is for participants to have some familiarity with helping someone back into their boat or being helped themselves. It perhaps, could be worded differently

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