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My reasons for not using them . .

: Haven't heard one sound reason to not use them. What is the reasoning behind
: the product rejection? How many have tried them for self rescue?

David,

If they work for you, great. But please don't assume that everyone *needs* sponsons. I don't reject them, I just don't need them. Just like I don't need flippers or a breathing tube or a scuba tank. Sure these things might be useful someday but I do not paddle in the kind of conditions where I would need these things. I have never tried many of these things. I'm too busy working on my skills to waste my time looking for an equipment option to replace skills and good judgment. As I rock climber, we never ever used our equipment to rappel if we could avoid it. Not that we did not trust our equipment but why take the chance? For me it's the same with equipment based safety solutions. Why would I ever want to gamble *my* life on a piece of equipment?

Craig wrote:
: You are missing the point. By the time a person becomes adept at using a
: paddle float for self-rescue they have developed a few other essential
: SKILLS, like bracing, a sculling brace, re-entry and roll for example so
: the FOCUS is no longer on EQUIPMENT but on SKILLS. And hopefully the
: experience practicing ANY rescue or equipment will expand that person
: EXPERIENCE so as to not rely on a back-up device in place of judgement or
: skills.

I think this is the key issue. Some paddlers have no use for yet another specialized piece of equipment that has a limited application. For me and the folks I paddle with sponsons would only be useful for stabilizing an injured paddler. But we already have several ways to handle this scenario, why would I waste my time with sponsons? We don't even use our paddle floats anymore, in part because these equipment dependent solutions will fail if the equipment fails. I would much rather trust my survival to my skills and judgment than to any piece of equipment.

Your point that people that get in over the heads might be better off if they have sponsons available to save them is well taken. But I would ask wouldn't we be better off to teach these ill-prepared people about the potential dangers and hazards and how to avoid them. No piece of equipment will make someone safe if they have weak skills and weak judgment. Those paddlers that have strong skills and strong judgment just don't need the extra equipment. Since the earliest days of my paddling the focus was on training and safety. My exposure to safety training preceded my paddling skills. I knew more about rescues than my strokes. So the majority of equipment based safety solutions has little value to me.

Jed's simple rules for survival:
Don't paddle if you would not swim in the same conditions.
Don't paddle if you cannot self-rescue in the same conditions.

Once these criteria are met the value of sponsons is sharply reduced.

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Georgian Bay Kayaks - The Sponson War Continues
Re: Georgian Bay Kayaks - The Sponson War Continue
Re: Seasonal ?
But isn't redundancy of rescue devices the issue?
Re: But isn't redundancy of rescue devices the iss
Good point, Nick...but let me rephrase...
I couldn't agree more... *NM*
interesting info???
alternative sponson supplier
Check out the "Paddle Loom Float"...
Re: alternative sponson supplier
Yawn...
Sponsons not a hot item I can see...:)
Re: good golly
Agreed, but what about sponsons themselves.. *NM*
Re: a little one tracked are we? *NM*
Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
You heard a reason but you didn't listen.
I am listening, are you?
Being at the Center of a Black Hole
Never seen someone do a PF rescue in 20 secs. *NM*
Re: Never seen someone do a PF rescue in 20 secs.
Brianne, I didn't know you cared... *NM*
Re: Never seen someone do a PF rescue in 20 secs.
Setting the record straight
Good points, don't agree with all, but fair enough *NM*
you're right - - -
Thanks Dan, me too, are we cool now?
sure we're cool - - -
LOL *NM*
Re: Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
Comparing apples to oranges
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Re: Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
Re: Haven't heard one good reason not to yet...
My reasons for not using them . .
OT: rules for survival...
Clarification . .
"We are all between swims"
Re: My reasons for not using them . .
making sense of gear instead of skill - - -
Re: Good reasons not to, but some good reasons to.
more reasons for:
Funny thing...
Re: Funny thing...
Re: technique and knowledge vs. equipment
Re: Good reasons not to, but some good reasons to.
Re: Good reasons not to, but some good reasons to.
Re: fishing
Yoda speaks, he does
Re: hmgmgmg, confused he is
you're a perfect candidate for sponsons - - -
Re: Who should stay home?
Sponsons bring up some strong emotions... *NM*
Re: Georgian Bay Kayaks - The Sponson War Continue
Sure, but would you give Timmy any of YOUR money?
Re: No, but thats not the question.
Re: No, but thats not the question.
Re: No, but thats not the question.
when melted down - - -
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