We followed all the instructions, and launched perfectly into the falls. Apparently, according to those watching from above, the boat jackknifed, tossing the guide into a forward somersault. He launched his head off of our heads and my shoulder and landed in the river ahead of us. We did stay in the boat, and didn't even lose a paddle. I was really glad we had helmets on though, head to head contact---wow...you really do almost see stars. Today, I have a nice bruise on my shoulder where he hit. But we were all okay, and had a great time finishing the river. John was brave, and jumped off the 30 ft high bridge into the river below. I stayed safely below on that one.
It was fun, and we're totally up for doing it again next year--and probably more than once.