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When paddling in a group on a canoe trip, assign a canoe to lead and a "sweep canoe" to paddle in the rear of the canoeing tour.
* Both the lead and sweep positions should be held by experienced paddlers with knowledge of the wilderness river being traveled.
Never get ahead of the assigned lead or behind the assigned sweep canoe. Be sure to keep an appropriate distance between canoes. Distance will vary depending on water conditions. A good rule of thumb is to keep the boat behind you within view. If someone lags behind, pull over and wait.