Funny that when we all went for a swim earlier my First reaction was to bear-hug the kayak. It has a dry-hatch and would float regardless... never-mind that my backside was bouncing along on the rocks that made up the bottom in that section. I watched my BIL do the same, and my wife said she also had that same reaction. Seemed common sense to me... but we all know that "common sense" isn't so common these days.
Neither of these 2 made any effort to grab the still floating canoe when they were near to the canoe. It was 2/3rds full of water and NOT easily moved by the time the guy started having difficulty staying on top (and the canoe was easily 3~4 canoe lengths past them at that point). Might have taken us a little more time to get everything to shore if they were hanging on, but in a non-life threatening situation ~ who cares.
Maybe I'd be more willing to offer the kayak (nose or tail-first) if I had some sort of skirt that would help keep the boat from swamping so easily (I have a Dagger Blackwater 10.5/rec boat). Doesn't take much to dip the cockpit and swamp the boat. I've already been playing with the idea of getting a splash skirt to try and help (I think it would have kept me from my own swim, if the boat hadn't already taken on so much water I'm sure my brace would have righted me).
Maybe a paddle float where I can offer the paddle, they're cheap enough.
*sigh* there's a reason I stopped riding motorcycles with others who didn't have the same desire for self-preservation/risk mitigation. I won't Willing paddle with someone who won't wear a PFD, but this situation just kinda fell in our lap.
Pull-Up Strap Handle Kit
Touring Kayak Paddles
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