A friend (instructor) was talking about how a student of hers was not able to do the paddle float rescue because he was sinking the float. She thinks he said he was 300 lbs. Is there a weight limit for paddle float rescues? If so, what are the options for someone who is heavier (I assume one option would be a double barrel paddle float, and inflate both sides)?
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Posted by: old_user on Apr-15-09 12:19 PM (EST)
heavier folks have got to do a balancing act or risk sinking any paddle float, in fact I can sink 'em some if I try and I weight 175.
Keep weight over kayak|
Posted by: Greyak on Apr-15-09 1:22 PM (EST)
It's a balance issue. Shouldn't be loading much weight on the float at all. Of course, added weight means more to balance, and more to shift when one wobbles...
Posted by: old_user on Apr-15-09 1:29 PM (EST)
Reentry is all about balance and leverag|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-15-09 4:22 PM (EST)
It's for balance and support|
Posted by: seadart on Apr-15-09 5:59 PM (EST)
not for supporting the whole weight of the kayaker. I took a rescue class with a very heavy woman who could not use a paddle float. It was more issues of no upper body strength and no agility and ability to quickly shift weight and balance.
Also the boat.|
Posted by: JayBabina on Apr-17-09 10:34 AM (EST)
People who instruct always have sea kayaks with easy lower back decks. Ever try to mount a big, round, high recreational kayak and do a paddle float reentry? It's not easy even if you're in good shape and well rehearsed in paddle float techniques. Often the most un-in-shape people are in those boats and the paddle float reentry is just about impossible. When they try the same technique on a normal sea kayak, they often can do it with no problem
there's a limit|
Posted by: LeeG on Apr-15-09 6:16 PM (EST)
on how much weight a paddle shaft can handle. I made a big 18'x25" Chesapeake 18 for kayaking classes because there were those 275#plus paddlers who just couldn't manage regular sized kayaks. I had one 325# paddler who managed a regular paddle float fine,,it's a function of balance and technique as others have mentioned. If you rely on the paddle float to support body weight the paddle shaft is likely to fail. Basically the person needs to get on the back deck with the paddle float as a place for balance and not a support for body mass.
Posted by: mintjulep on Apr-15-09 8:02 PM (EST)
Say a paddle float displaces a gallon of water. It has a buoyant force of 8.3 pounds(if fully submerged).
Posted by: fadedred on Apr-16-09 12:08 AM (EST)
Posted by: old_user on Apr-16-09 2:18 AM (EST)
also known as liters?
wet re-entry with paddle float|
Posted by: old_user on Apr-17-09 10:18 AM (EST)
This may actually be better alternative for many people. A wet re-entry with a double sided paddle float.