Friday, March 2, 2012

Developing good judgement

Frequent paddlers

Good judgement is our primary skill for staying safe on the water and it is a skill that has to be developed and practiced like any other skill.

Good judgement is not something we are born with. If we were, then I would not have done some of the things I did as a teenager or young adult. It is developed through experience.

Experience is built up through doing and that includes the good and the bad. We accumulate experience even from the exercise of bad judgement, assuming we survive the consequences.

Having good judgement means we've done a bit of living.


  1. Were you not out rolling in that storm? I recall seeing a few paddlers with very poor judgement bobbing and rolling around me that day haha.

    I agree. The only time I get in trouble is when I don't listen to that voice in my head.

  2. Yup, that was us alright, working on level three safety skills: 1) good judgement; 2) good paddling skills; 3) good rescue skills.

    In fairness, it was in a controlled environment so that when the sh*t hits the fan for real we can get our butts out of the jam.

    Tony :-)

  3. It sure was. A great day to practice. I gotta admit it was nice to be out in conditions like that and see other paddlers.I may have hung ashore that day otherwise!