"Oh Summer paddling, happens so fast...Oh Summer paddling, gives me a wet @$$ (rump)..." Just like the song from the classic movie "Grease" people suddenly find themselves getting the itch or back into dipping their blades. With paddling sports offering an excellent opportunity for you to explore the water, then woods; folks are flocking in increasing droves. The places are abound and given you are playing in their world, wildlife has no choice but to interact. I have taught several now in the ways of the paddle and I recollect a query from one student after a wet exit practice from a Kayak comment "This paddling thing is pretty good stuff, is there any way you can do so and not get wet?" I did have to collect myself a bit and returned with - "I assume only one thing when I do a water activity; I am getting, in some way shape or form, wet!" In fact, your biggest trick in the Maritime Provinces (key word - maritime) is staying wet and warm. I did applaud the individual for growing the most important tool you need in your tool box though - their brain. By taking a course this individual acquired a solid perspective on rescue, personal skill ability and the reality checks on some of the actual risks taken when out on the water.