on a river weekend trip, we got stuck on a large submerged boulder in our tandem full of camping gear. We tried hard paddling, pushing and leaning in various directions to free ourselves, without success. I checked if I could get out easily to lessen the load, but the water around us was pretty deep with a decent current. A person on shore could pulled us off the rock with the painter we threw her. Screeeech.
Were we supposed to jump out of the boat to lessen the load? Not much else you can do, is there? The downstream end of the boat? How do you safely exit a canoe?