“1. you don’t know what you don’t know.”
This is the crux of it for some who have gotten into trouble, or perished. This late summer/early fall, there have already been several incidents and rescues locally of folks that belong in this category of casual or newbie paddlers. And, almost without fail, every spring and fall (the “killing seasons”) with warm air and colder water temps, we have folks getting themselves into trouble. Some get rescued and survived. Some don’t.
I have come to conclusion that it some of it relates back to an individual’s perspective and psychological inclination. Some folks really believe they know what they actually don’t know. You say something and they respond with the ole “I have ‘commn sense’. I know what I am doing.” I see this in at the launch. I see this in some folks coming into my MMA gym. Sure, ok… Reality of It is a bit of personal arrogance, with the need to baselessly claim innate knowledge and abilities. For some, this personality trait can’t be fixed.
Personally, as someone who enjoy and am often into sports/activities that offer more solo pursuit, I occaisonally get quizzed about my seemingly lack of concern for personal safety or “common sense.” How am I different from those who we read or see in the news? Well, every since I was kid who can read, I find that I have a tendency to gather and consume as much info as I can into subjects or activities that I have interest in. And, then I will seek out training or guidance if available from some more advanced pracitioners before totally striking out on my own. But, solo pursuit and its attendant risks are are my inclination for majority of my physical activities. The difference is that I am aware of what I don’t know. I am in tune with my physical capabilities and try to stay within those bounds. I know my gear (based on reading, training and testing). I regularly test my abilities in more pressured venues but where safety bail-outs are possible.
So, the above video, will help those who are inclined and open to learning and training. But, without a doubt, the “killing season” we are heading into will claim its bounty. And, we’ll get more abject lessons from these incidents.