A bow rescue vs. a T rescue
Posted by: old_user on Jul-23-08 1:52 PM (EST)
The following may be "tom-ay-to vs. tom-ah-to" semantics, however, as an ACA certified Instructor Trainer in Advanced Open Water (sea) kayaking as well as a certified WW instructor, and author of the book "Sea Kayak Rescue," I have found that it can avoid confusion if the term "T rescue" is reserved for the standard 2-person sea kayak recovery where the bow of the capsized kayak is lifted across the cockpit of the "rescuer's" kayak so the water can be drained.
That way it doesn't get confused with the "Bow Rescue" shown in Ken Whiting's fine article, where the capsized paddler stays in his/her kayak and grabs the bow of the "rescuer's" kayak.
This was originally called the "Eskimo Bow Rescue" by some, but these days more culturally sensitive paddlers prefer to refer to it as simply the "Bow Rescue" or even better, "Bow Recovery." Why scare timid beginning students, is the thinking with many instructors, with the emotionally loaded term "rescue" just because someone has capsized?
With this thinking, capsizing is something considered positive, implying that students are pushing their boundaries and learning, rather than something they need to be "rescued" from. In this thinking, "rescues" are reserved for when things have gone seriously wrong.
YakCatcher Rod Holder
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Posted by: old_user on Jul-23-08 5:13 PM (EST)
Roger is spot on! You'll start confusing alot of Newbs when you have dual terminology especially in regards to rescues. If this was a rewrite or second edition this is the kind of thing Ken should have revised. What good does it do to talk about a technique that requires "a special relationship between student and teacher" It makes it seem like only the Dalai Lama can rescue you. I was a junior guide on a Baja Sea Caves trip (Arblitos) where a group got sucked deep into cave and thrashed by incoming waves from another opening. I was positioned perfectly behind a mid-cave rock to watch each paddler enter the chamber and then proceed to capsize from the chaos. I would tap on their upturned hull with my paddle letting them know I'm right there and performed three successful bow recoveries with strangers I'd just met the day before. These paddlers regale my heroic efforts in song to this day, but I had no special prior relationship to them unless it as from past lives.
It's a whitewater kayaking article.|
Posted by: old_user on Jul-28-08 11:49 AM (EST)