Dunk your bag
Posted by: bluemerle on Dec-05-12 8:54 PM (EST)
Dunk your bag at the beginning of your trip. A wet bag/rope will be more accurate and travel farther.
What percentage of those you paddle with carry throw bags,(not counting dedicated tow lines)?
On moving water, always. I've been also known to carry one when hiking along moving water and when ice skating.
What percentage of them have the throw bag quickly available?
Has to be. Time is of the essence.
Have you ever seen practice with throw bags on a paddle?
Sometimes. You can practice without throwing the bag. I find underhand is the best for me. Pick up a palm-sized rock and chuck it. It will give you a feel for release and direction. Obviously don't practice this with a "victim".
Do you know if you can throw from your boat & if so how far & what changes as far as throw technique?
As long as you can anchor your boat to something.
If you miss, how long does it take you for a second try?
Recoiling the rope so it doesn't end up a rats nest may be more important than speed. Heaving a lump of knotted rope won't do anyone any good. Quickest is, if possible, hand-over-hand recoil into a loose pile at your feet. Or, (this is an old school ARC lifesaving technique) anchor an elbow to the same side knee, fully extend free hand/arm and repeat to create equal coils that lie partially on the ground (keeps the coils from twisting); split the coils into both hands and heave the line. Both should be practiced.
An interesting point brought up by the earlier post, what if you need a second try & can't reach the water; how do you deploy for multiple throws?
I'm not sure I understand the question. I have 2 lengths, 1 for narrow creeks and streams; and a longer one for wider water. I would ask myself, what is the greatest length I might need? Too be honest, I don't think I have ever been able to fully deploy my 70' rope on a horizontal throw.
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