While I've watched video on both self and assisted rescue (or, more accurately, kayak re-entry), that's something I'm going to leave to a dedicated instructor next year when things start happening again. For now, we're going to stick with places where "rescue" is more along the lines of just standing up. :) Both rivers we've done and the one we're planning on doing a weekend trip down (Blackwater in FL) are all very, Very mild. Easy enough to drag the boat to shore, drain it there and then re-board and carry on. But there's also Very minimal chance that will be needed. Heh, my brother-in-law got to do it on the Ocmulgee a few weeks ago (before we bought kayaks, were in a borrowed canoe and loved the experience) when I 'helped' him push away from us after exchanging a camera, and my help was a little... er, vigorous? I'll not live that down anytime soon (since I also kinda kicked my wife out of the raft while doing some white-water a few years prior).
Thigh braces... I don't have anything of the sort in either Kayak. I'll have to look into adding some foam and see if that helps. I did shift positions a couple times, but my feet were always getting in the way of each other. Or, more accurately, the hard sole of my Keens were getting in the way. I only went bare-foot the one time at my in-laws man made pond.
And we do have dry-bags (plus buying more), just trying to limit the water from something the dry-bags would be floating in to something that'll splash around them. I never expected the 'dry storage' to be perfectly dry which is why I put our keys/phones/wallets in a waterproof box inside the dry storage area.
Again, many thanks. I'll give thanks to anyone in person (I'm just north of Columbus, GA) with fresh, home crafted beer... ;)
Touring Kayak Paddles
2-3 Canoe/Kayak Trailer
The Kayak Wing
Sport Cases (Electronics)
First Need Purifier
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