I have a question for river runners though. We are novices in a tandem kayak but when we hit a hard turn with rapids or hard current, the current pushed our rear end around until we were sideways and then ended up paddling backwards. During the turn, we both paddled on the on the same side (trying to turn) and I even tried to dig in on the opposite side but nothing helped. We did have a cooler in the back the and back was heavier (load not centered).
How should we have handled the turn without spinning around doing 360's in the middle of the bayou?