Re-entry from water
Posted by: murphycarla on Nov-19-13 11:43 AM (EST) Category: Kayaking Technique
Newbie here, been getting out on water as much as possible this fall. Been surfing the net for as much education as I can get also. Found a video for re-entry into kayak where woman used paddle float, laid on her back in the water along side kayak with arms stretched across paddle then lifted far leg up and over and corkscrewed herself back into kayak. Now that I want to share this video with my girlfriends, I can't find it. Can anyone help?
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Posted by: jcbikeski on Nov-19-13 11:54 AM (EST)
paddle float heel hook
Posted by: murphycarla on Nov-19-13 12:13 PM (EST)
Thanks, found it. That's the terminology I needed. Kathi Morrison's technique is just a bit different in that she lays on her back rather than facing boat and lifting leg in.
Posted by: ppine on Nov-19-13 1:28 PM (EST)
Better yet, go practice some wet exits and re-entries. Then try them in rough water.
We Made Up Our Own|
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-19-13 4:48 PM (EST)
I don't know if it works for a woman's physiology but ours was reliable and simpler. You start from the same position as the Youtube lady but then you:
Posted by: carldelo on Nov-19-13 5:02 PM (EST)
I do the heel-hook the same way, face-up the whole time. I think the corkscrew motion just complicates it.
Heel hook/paddle float|
Posted by: Celia on Nov-20-13 9:37 AM (EST)
I have tried this one, was very surprised how easy it was. Nailed it on the first try.
heel hook self rescue|
Posted by: imagespec on Nov-21-13 11:51 AM (EST)
The heel hook self rescue is now taught all over the world. The Sea Kayaker Magazine featured an article written by Christine Tabor Buris and illustrated the heel hook about 2 years ago. Based on that article I went out and tried it myself. Yes, it does work and does not put any strain on your limbs - and it does not need any upper body strength. Google Heel Hook Self rescue and my 22 second video shows how easy it is to perform in the water. I am not strong, athletic, young or thin. This will get you going until you further hone and add other self rescue techniques. I went on to acquire my ACA 3 star credentials and a solid combat roll. Good luck.
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Nov-19-13 6:28 PM (EST)
Google it. No paddle float required. Just good to have more than one tool in the bag.
w/ or w/out paddlefloat, I agree|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Nov-20-13 9:59 AM (EST)
Heel hook recovery|
Posted by: norcalyak on Nov-21-13 5:22 PM (EST)
I sure agree with other posters that you want to develop a variety of recovery techniques, but if you're just starting out, the "heel hook" that I learned from Kathi Morrison (and posted on my blog at http://www.norcalyak.com/2011/08/kayakers-voyage-of-self-rescue.html )is hard to beat. I'm in my 60s, was suffering from a bad shoulder at the time, and easily got back into my yak on the first try. When done as an assisted recovery with someone who knows the technique well, you can literally get back in the boat in seconds. Check it out.
Posted by: dc9mm on Nov-21-13 7:59 PM (EST)
A cowboy scramble isn't the easiest thing to do. On my kayak its easy as it has a real flat rear deck making getting your chest up on it easier than some more rounded kayaks. Plus if its so rough of conditions to get flipped its quite hard to have the balance in big waves to not tip back over again (done that).Sure I have seen tons of people doing a cowboy scramble online BUT very few in really tough conditions. Only one I have seen is on the DVD I have by Gordon Brown. He does one in like 8 foot swells.
leg over, SeakayakingCarolina|
Posted by: HawksEye on Jan-03-14 2:52 PM (EST)
This one? about the 5th one down on the page-- http://www.seakayakcarolina.com/videos.html
What do you know - PNet Posted Vid|
Posted by: Kocho on Jan-03-14 3:07 PM (EST)
I broke my GP doing|
Posted by: randy_morgart on Jan-03-14 10:17 PM (EST)
the face up heel hook on flat water. Funny thing I had used the same paddle and different boat in 2' swells a couple months before, no problem.
was mad about all that|
Posted by: RubricOfRuin on Jan-10-14 4:35 AM (EST)
in the beginning, then realized that in flat water you never capsize and in rough water all the movements/time needed is just too much hassle and time spent on perfection of re-entry with paddle float is better spend on rolling and re-entry-and-roll... If you boat allows cowboy scramble, train that to a decent level, if not very useful, just try to nail re-entry-and-roll.