There seems to be plenty of interest from a range of paddlers. May I suggest, for my own skills, prior to heading out into the maelstrom that the group has a calm water rescues, communication methods, radio and radio skills check? I would like to have
some practice with some of these folks I haven't paddled with before, so we can get to know each other before they are fishing me out of the drink.
You can count Karl and me in.