The challenge of Lake Champlain. 

Complacency on Lake Champlain can prove to be very dangerous to  folks that paddle with the mindset that "Its only a lake". This weekend I spent several hours coaching a group home after the leaders checked in with a weather update.  The trip leaders were well prepared, competent paddlers, and had group safety in mind. When they looked at the conditions  they decided some extra help was in order.  I was happy to help out.Evidence of their thinking was apparent after they checked the radar and wind reports.  Had this been folks trained to a lesser degree I believe that a situation would have evolved that could have had serious ramifications.Check out the conditions here of the happy paddlers