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  Scramble recovery
  Posted by: wavetamer on Apr-17-13 11:48 AM (EST)

-- Last Updated: Apr-18-13 3:20 PM EST --

Good, simplistic instructions but perhaps it should stress other components more thoroughly such as re-entering, handling paddle, etc.. When people practice in shallow water they tend to push off the bottom and "jump" up on to the boat. In deep water it's better to swim laterally onto the boat as you kick and crawl up onto the deck. Also, the saddle straddle works fine if you have short legs and easily slide down into your cockpit. Taller paddlers without adequate cockpit depth or length may find it very awkward to be lifting legs high enough to guide feet down under the forward coaming while they wiggle on their butts to keep balanced.

Definitely practice this re-entry until it's second nature, and do it in deep enough water that you don't "cheat" by simply pushing off from the bottom - You can never be too safe.

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