If you are in open, relatively calm water and unable to tow the kayak to
shore, it is relatively easy to accomplish alone if there is a paddle float. This
is an inflatable sleeve that fits over the blade of the paddle to keep that end
afloat while the other end is secured in the rigging across the kayak just aft
of the cockpit. You should have one leg in the cockpit to make it easier to
inflate the paddle float. With the paddle set as an outrigger on the uprighted kayak,
pull your body up onto the stern deck, pivot so that you can
put your legs into the cockpit one at a time while turning and holding the
paddle float for support. Re-establish correct posture and 먹튀검증 pump the water
out of the kayak. Staying low over the boat keeps the center of gravity low
so it is less likely to tip again.
If another kayaker is nearby, there are several options for performing a
rescue. Instead of re-entering the kayak, the downed paddler can either
hold onto the tow line or handle at the stern of the kayak while the other
kayaker tows the partially submerged boat to shore. If the swimmer is too
tired or in a panic, he or she can ‘hug’ the rescue boat (wrap arms and legs
around either end of the hull) and the unattended kayak can be towed or
bulldozed to shore.
For an assisted rescue where the swimmer wants to reenter the kayak, the
two kayaks should ‘raft up’ which means positioning them bow to stern and
spanning both with a paddle. The seated kayaker can also hold the edge of
the other cockpit to provide additional stability and the swimmer should
reenter the kayak the same way he would in an unassisted rescue.
Reestablish correct posture, make sure the paddle is at hand and pump out
A kayak over kayak rescue involves the rescuer pulling the overturned boat
over his deck to drain in. He then turns it over and returns it to the water
parallel to his own boat, holding the cockpit for stability. The swimmer
pulls himself onto his kayak like in ‘rafting up’.
A rescue can be performed from shore with a brightly colored, floating tow
rope thrown out to the swimmer in a throw bag. The rescuer should be sure
of having secure footing before throwing the bag and even consider tying
the free end of the rope to a stable object if the water is fast moving. The
swimmer will be forced to the shore by the current and should be warned
not to stand up until the water is lower than knee deep.