You are all in the same boat, literally and figuratively. The offer of money had been legitimate according to all the paperwork everyone had to sign, but the beginning to the show was rough. Flown out on a helicopter, dumped into a large life raft with 23 other virtual strangers. In the distance is an island, in other directions it's just water. A person has just fallen overboard, two people reached for them, but they were unable to save the unfortunate soul.
As everyone sits on the raft, cold and wet, they watch the helicopter circle overhead. An object appears over the side and tumbles end over end before splashing into the water several yards from the raft. It's a plain canoe, floating upside down in the water, bobbing with the waves. A man leans out overhead, and lifts something slender to his shoulder. Moments later a hole rips in the side of the life raft, and air starts hissing out, and the floatation device begins quickly losing shape.
A voice comes from overhead.
"You have only a few seconds before you are in the water. Those that can't swim have a boat, those that can may lack the stamina to make it to shore. This is your first challenge for survival. Good luck, players!"
The helicopter stays overhead, a camera man watching their every move.
[ To the players: You need to decide if you're going to swim for it or go for the canoe. Feel free to post thoughts, ideas, feelings, words, but do not post if you make it to shore or to the canoe. ]