made sure the skirt grab loop stayed out where it belonged.
The push-down-by-the-hips trick sounds good. On the above referenced incident, I was able to grasp enough skirt fabric in one hand to pull it loose. Cheap neoprene skirts may tear if treated that way, but quality skirts double-sided with Nylon should yield without tearing.
I started out with dainty Nylon skirts on the smaller c-1 cockpits, and despite my considerable size, I could wet exit out the tunnel without pulling the skirt. Keeps a lot of water out of the boat.
I now size my kayak skirts with loose tunnels, because I rely on a drytop or tight paddle jacket to keep water out of the tunnel if I flip and/or roll. I must try to wet exit out the tunnel without removing the skirt, and see if I can still get away with it.
Rescue / Throw Bags
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