Adventure and watersports trips are often planned with the best of intentions. They can go wrong, though—not because of bad luck, but because of bad planning.
If you’ve ever been on a canoeing trip where someone capsized, or a kayaking trip where one of your paddles broke in half while you were still out on the water, then you know how important it is to have a contingency plan in place.
A bad day on the water is one thing—but what if there’s more to the story than that?
It is usually a combination of factors.
The truth is, there are multiple factors that can lead to a mishap—and it’s important to analyze every aspect of your adventure before you head out.
What caused the problem?
Was it the weather? The equipment? Untrained activity operators? Could the situation have been avoided with a different route or set of skills?
What was the outcome of the situation?
If someone got hurt, did they need medical attention? Can we learn anything from this mistake? How can we prevent it from happening again?