|Sent on:||Saturday, May 12, 2012 5:30 PM|
These self and assisted rescue videos will give you some idea of what is involved in getting back into your kayak if you take an unexpected "swim". The successful attempts are demonstrated by people who have practiced and know what they are doing. The last video is a more likely scenario if you haven't practiced to find out what method works for you. A lot of women lack the upper body strength to pull themselves out of the water up onto the deck of the kayak, especially when the kayak floats high in the water (typical of the type of kayak that most of us paddle). In that case, it is sometimes easier to keep the kayak full of water and enter a flooded (lower floating) kayak and pump the water out after you are back in. None of these techniques is easy and they all require practice. More physically fit people and those with good balance will have an easier time. Keep in mind that most of these videos show kayaks with enclosed bulkheads fore and aft. If your kayak does not have flotation in the bow, it compounds the problem as the bow fills with water and floats lower, making it difficult or impossible to empty in deep water. If you have never practiced self and assisted rescues you might want to think about the consequences of coming out of your kayak far from shore. Some meetup groups and lots of organized clubs (NSPN, RICKA, Wild Turkeys) have regular practice sessions in the summer, and pool sessions in the winter where you can learn and practice these rescue techniques. If you've got money burning a hole in your pocket you can take classes through EMS and Charles River Canoe and Kayak (these are the ones that come to mind). Once the water warms up our meetup group will schedule some sessions where people can practice these self and assisted rescues.