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  Posted by: ifong on Jun-24-09 10:32 AM (EST)
 

Wayne's article is a great example of thinking a bit further outside the box. I was always told how to do the "textbook" T-rescue, but this technique offers another option.

I would like to add a few comments for discussion and further consideration.

First of all, I agree 100% with Wayne that we should be dressed for immersion where ever and whenever we are paddling.

Secondly, active and adventurous sea kayakers should be thinking more about reducing their cockpit volume. Especially if we have our own boats and are the only ones using them. This can be done by moving the front bulkhead closer to our feet (also adds more storage space in the bow hatch) and or adding filler of some sort into the cockpit itself. Just make sure there is nothing that impedes a wet exit.

Something that can be added to the above procedure is adding a footpump to your boat. This enables you to pump out your boat while still being able to paddle. Sea Kayaker has a do-it-yourself article available online that shows you how to do this.

Another option to get the swimmer out of the water quickly and still dump out the boat is a seal rescue. Once the rescuer has a good grip on the other boat, the swimmer climbs onto the back deck of the rescue boat in similar fashion to the stern deck crawl. Once on top he/she would lie down flat with their head close to the cockpit and use their legs in the water to help with balance. The rescuer uses the other boat for additional balance and does the dump out. So far this is just a thought exercise and I haven't tried it out yet.

One final comment is that when doing the traditional T-rescue it can be easier to get the other boat across your deck by getting it upright first. With the bow now pointing up into the air it should be easier to get across your deck. Once it is up about 1/4 to 1/3 the length of the boat (about the distance of the bow hatch cover) the boat can be rolled over to dump out the water and rolled over again once the water is out.

Hope this helps.

Cheers,

Ian

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