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  This method is foolproof
  Posted by: Waterbird on Dec-23-12 12:45 PM (EST)

. . . except when there are strong waves arriving perpendicular to shore. So let's assume fairly calm conditions.

This method requires the least strength and flexibility. It relies on gravity rather than strength.


Place kayak parallel to shore.

Hold paddle parallel to kayak.(Paddle will not be used to assist. You just want to protect it.)

Grasp coaming with both hands at front of cockpit.


Drop rear end gently into seat, using hands on coaming and foot in center to steady and support you.

You are now in a balanced position with one foot still on the bottom of the lake for stability and you can stay like that as long as you like.

Bring in other foot

SIDESADDLE EXIT (described for left-side exit)

Pull up parallel to shore in water about 12-14" deep. Shore is on your left.

Take out left foot and place on bottom. Use that foot for balance.

Left hand grasps coaming on left side of left knee. Right hand grasps coaming at front right of cockpit.

Swivel body so your chest is facing the shore.

Bring out right foot and place on bottom.

You are now sitting sidesaddle in a balanced position with both feet on the bottom (of the lake). You can sit like that as long as you like.

Now comes the only tricky part. Bend forward slightly and stand up. Do NOT push down with your left (forward) hand) as that will swamp you. DO push down with your right hand, which by now is behind you. That provides a counterforce for your body to push against and keep the kayak steady. Your body is putting pressure on the shore side of the kayak. You want to put equal counterpressure on the water side.

This is a lot easier than it sounds. It just takes practice. I've only been dumped when hit from the side by a strong wave. That situation requires more rapid exit perpendicular to shore.

Why does my method exit parallel to shore? So both feet are standing at the same depth in shallow water.

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