Walking a kayak.
Posted by: old_user on Dec-18-08 12:21 PM (EST)
Wayne, good information on what may at first seem a simplistic topic. However, I've found that during an assisted re-entry, the ability to quickly maneuver the capsized boat into position cuts recovery time greatly. I prefer to face the paddler when he/she is reentering by a climb up on the aft deck or directly into the cockpit. Facing the person enables me to securely grab the coaming forward of the action thus staying out of their way. It's a very secure platform as you have mentioned, and it enables me to talk directly to the person for reassurance and voice commands should they be slightly disoriented or exhausted. I have even gone to the point of actually grabbing a cuff or ankle and guiding it into position if the person begins to flounder in the cockpit.
Having a basic still of walking a kayak is definitely a fundamental skill worth knowing. Thank you for the insight.
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