Complacency on Lake Champlain can prove to be very dangerous to folks that paddle with the mindset that “Its only a lake”. This weekend I spent several hours coaching a group home after the leaders checked in with a weather update. The trip leaders were well prepared, competent paddlers, and had group safety in mind. When they looked at the conditions they decided some extra help was in order. I was happy to help out.
Evidence of their thinking was apparent after they checked the radar and wind reports. Had this been folks trained to a lesser degree I believe that a situation would have evolved that could have had serious ramifications.
Pictures of the happy paddlers