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  It's a whitewater kayaking article.
  Posted by: old_user on Jul-28-08 11:49 AM (EST)

I appreciate where you’re coming from Roger… When I started getting into sea kayaking, I was also confused by the mixed terminology being used. I definitely don't question the use of the sea kayaking terminology. With that said, this is 100% a whitewater article and the terminology used by whitewater kayakers is different. Whether or not it makes sense for terminology to be consistent between sea kayaking and whitewater kayaking is definitely a discussion worth having. Perhaps using the terms differently isn’t a bad thing though, because the rescue is used differently as well—as Hawk has so clearly (and unknowingly) identified through his comments.

On that note… I can imagine the situation you describe, Hawk. It is an understandable sea kayaking situation. I agree that the bow rescue (and T-Rescue) would both work well in those circumstances you describe for both novice and experienced sea kayakers. But this is a whitewater kayaking article! Performing a T-rescue or Bow rescue in big waves, fast current, or while being spun around by the whirlpools that inhabit eddylines is a very different task. Furthermore, I’m guessing you’ve never seen a kayaker lose their front teeth because another kayaker came charging in through the rapids to offer a T-rescue (the sea kayaker’s Bow Rescue) at the same time that the capsized paddler gave the roll one more shot. The bottom line is that for whitewater kayaking, there should be a special relationship (or understanding) between two paddlers, because it is often assumed that the paddler will just roll up.

As for your (Hawk’s) comment, “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.”… This sounds like something you’d hear in the military about information only being shared on a ‘need to know basis’… In my opinion, the more educated paddlers are, the better and safer they will be both in the short term and long term. Furthermore, my book wasn’t only written for newbie whitewater kayakers. It was also written for the benefit of intermediate and advanced whitewater paddlers and instructors, and it should be noted that this ‘special relationship between student and teacher’ relates to both full time instructors, or to intermediate paddlers that are introducing their friends to whitewater kayaking.

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