|Now you see him, now you don't|
|Garrett at the ready|
|To the rescue on the St. Francis|
There are safety boaters every few yards down the river during a race. That doesn't keep your breath from going away when a boat disappears into the white and only its bottom reappears. Generally, the unlucky competitor uses his or her paddle to pry themselves upright. Others pop the rubber seal from around their waists and "swim." No kayaker likes to admit he "had to swim."
I'd love to dip a paddle, but I'm not sure I'm up to -- or was ever up to -- tackling the torrents. In the meantime, I'll watch Garrett anytime -- and I'll bet others are glad he's watching them.