Generally women do it easily because of the lower upper body weight and usually shorter plus the ratio of buoyancy to their PFD is way greater than a large male. If you're a big type of body guy it's tougher. You can try this: twist your hips in the boat before you enter into the water so you are going over on your back and not your side. You will have more flexibility that way. Ease yourself into the water so you don't sink right away. Keep the head leaning back so the water is right across your face. The tendency is to lift the head a bit and that curves the spine causing you to sink. Stretch the arm out using the paddle buoyancy for flotation. - good luck.
I do it easily in salt water in fresh I have to squirm and bend back noticeably more.
Touring Kayak Paddles
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