So this is what I was facing last weekend.
I went kayaking and was thankful that the weather was warm because I got a little soaked! No, I didn't turn over. I just got splashed. A few of my family members went together and my sister had a snake try to get into her kayak. Lets just say she wasn't very happy. We are trying to teach my son and nephew the ins and outs of navigation. In our area, you always want to head for the deeper water, that will appear faster, and with less ripples/whitewater than the surrounding water. Sometimes, you just have to guess though!