my new kokopelli nirvana xl self-bailer is great for taking a kid along for a paddle.

I took a friends ten year old son with me down the river today. Sat him down behind my seat while I paddled some class II+ with a few 4 to 6 foot drops. It turned out great, still manueverable and stable. This boat would be a great alternative if you want to carry alot of gear, but dont want to deal with the Tizip.