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For example - wrapped or pinned raft, stuck in such a way that guests needed to be removed from the raft, etc.
Rigging, De-rigging, and effectiveness on the beach
Including cross-thwart strap, spare paddle, throw rope, extra gear, sweep kit/cooler, etc; rig to flip while minimizing entrapment risks.
Understands use of ratchet straps, cam straps (when applicable), single-strap for single boat, straps for multiple boats, roof racks when applicable:
Training the Crew
Considering the guide's control of the boat (or lack thereof), was this conversation delivered well in advance of any potential high-side maneuvers? Did the customers understand what this means? Did the guide have the customers practice high-side maneuvers in advance? Did the guide use too many words or leave out any important information?
Ability to perform “demonstration quality” modeling, i.e., the ability to teach these strokes using a step by step progression, using demonstrations that clearly emphasize the key points to the customers.
The guide must understand when to call critical bumps. The guide must not "Cry wolf" by calling bumps that did not happen. The guide must also have reasonable control over his/her raft so that one is not calling 'bumps' as an excuse for lack of control
The guide demonstrates control of his/her raft by managing speed effectively. He/she understands how to use the current, how to j-stroke, how/when to ferry or back-paddle to manage speed and spacing, among other things.
The guide demonstrates enough control over his/her raft to maintain appropriate spacing, order, and ability to keep the pace. The guide understands their how their performance can affect other passengers on other rafts.
The guide may make multiple attempts, however, should immediately understand how to use strokes and currents (not trial and error), not over-work the crew or have crew paddling on rocks, minimize the movement of passengers inside the raft, and avoid moving passengers outside of the raft.
Taking unconventional lines, lacking boat control, or "oh sh!t, I'm going for it!" doesn't equate to "read and run" abilities.