Posted by: pblanc on Oct-15-12 9:53 PM (EST)
The bow rescue, aka. "Eskimo rescue" is an assisted rescue in which the rescuer makes the bow of his or her boat available to the person who has capsized.
When attempting the bow rescue as the rescuee it is important to grab the bow of the rescuer's boat with both hands, then bring your head up so that your hands are in front of your face.
It is a not uncommon beginner's mistake to bring the head up in front of the hands, which doesn't work well and potentially puts the shoulders in a vulnerable position. Once you have your hands on the rescuer's boat, put your head on your hands and keep it there as you roll your boat back up with your lower body.