Not sure what the other message board is but probably the notion to err on the side of caution is a good one though one would expect things to be handled a better way by a moderator, such as a disclaimer or something. Solo paddling is no different than any other sport where a comparison can be made to a strength in numbers scenario. Sometimes that strength comes in the ability to forestall problems as well as better management should an incident occur. That paddlers elect to solo paddle should not be frowned upon. It is a freedom we have and unlike solo river kayaking for instance, is seen as more favourable as long as too adventurous an outing is not undertaken. So how does one get to gain experience solo paddling? Obviously by going solo paddling. The nearshore notion is perfectly acceptable once some basic skills are acquired and other factors are accounted for. I utilized circumnavigation trips nearshore around islands that didn't have long crossing or exposed sections. I always carried good gear and thermal protection. And avoided winter as much a possible at first . The idea has validity and I am sorry for the censorship. Perhaps recent incidents over the last couple of years have caused forum managers to be extra cautious.