It’s a great idea to take friends paddling. Not only is it nice to have company; there is safety in numbers. They will also probably be extremely grateful to you for opening their eyes to the amazing things that paddlers get to see. If you’re looking for new paddling buddies, there are heaps of clubs and paddle groups. Many of them are affiliated with Paddle NSW, Queensland Canoeing or Canoeing Victoria and are listed on their websites.
It’s also smart to tell friends back on shore where you are going and when you will be back. That way, if you don’t return when expected, someone might send out a search party.