Now here is an important issue. And that is how far we let things go before we realize that someone is in trouble and act.
A couple of weeks ago we were having fun on an inflatable
SUP (best thing since sliced bread). A friend was having problems with balance and got up lots of times only to eventually fall off backwards. He was only just out of standing up depth
off the beach and seemed to be doing nothing but resting on the board.
The reality was he was too tired to get up, not a strong swimmer so not sure if he could make it to shore, and embarrassed so did not signal he was in trouble. I thought he was stationary for too long and so motored my dinghy
out to see how he was. He was exhausted and I towed him and the board the short distance to shore. I guess the lesson for me is to assume the worse as that is the safe option?