05 - Paddle Float Rescue



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PADDLE FLOAT SELF RESCUE - HANDS ONLY METHOD
(Advantage over deck rigging method is that it's quicker to implement, so less time spent in the water.)

1. Signal for help then wet exit
2. Keep boat upside down with one leg in cockpit
Note: Prevents waves from entering kayak
3. Keep hold of the paddle
4. Remove tethered paddle float from storage and slightly inflate
5. Slide blade into float and secure it then inflate until full
6. Position paddle under your arms
7. Grab each side of coaming and quickly flip kayak
Note: Do not reach over kayak or more water will enter
Note: Bow lift or Stern Push is optional for less water
8. Position yourself aft of the cockpit and paddle
Note: Being in front of the paddle may cause pfd to catch coaming it’s difficult to maintain tight grasp on paddle and coaming
9. Position paddle perpendicular to kayak against coaming
10. Wrap hand around coaming and paddle
11. Place closest ankle over paddle shaft
12. With a strong kick pull the kayak under your body
Note: Stay low on the kayak at all times
13. Put other leg onto paddle shaft then first leg into cockpit
Note: Always keep one limb on the paddle
14. Grab paddle with closest hand
15. Put second leg into cockpit
16. Corkscrew into cockpit by turning toward paddle float
Note: Be careful not to collapse seatback under you as you enter cockpit
17. Switch hands and keep leaning towards float
18. Quickly bring paddle over head without the float leaving water
19. Tuck paddle shaft between your body and elbows
20. Secure spray skirt and start pumping water from side or tunnel
21. Secure pump and optionally the float
Note: Leaving float on paddle may prevent another capsize


PADDLE FLOAT SELF RESCUE - DECK RIGGING METHOD
(Advantage: Hands can be free while securing skirt and pumping)

1. Signal for help then wet exit
2. Keep boat upside down with one leg in cockpit
Note: Prevents waves from entering kayak
3. Keep hold onto the paddle
4. Remove tethered paddle float from storage and slightly inflate
5. Slide blade into float and secure it then inflate until full
6. Position paddle under your arms
7. Grab each side of coaming and quickly flip kayak
Note: Do not reach over kayak or more water will enter
Note: Bow lift or Stern Push is optional for less water
8. Plant one elbow in kayak to secure boat
9. Position paddle perpendicular to kayak
10. Position paddle under deck rigging
11. Position yourself aft of the cockpit and paddle
Note: Being in front of the paddle may cause pfd to catch coaming
12. Place closest ankle over paddle shaft
13. With a strong kick pull the kayak under your body
Note: Stay low on the kayak at all times
14. Put other leg onto paddle shaft then first leg into cockpit
Note: Always keep one limb on the paddle
15. Grab paddle with closest hand
16. Put second leg into cockpit
17. Corkscrew into cockpit by turning toward paddle float
Note: Be careful not to collapse seatback under you as you enter cockpit
18. Switch hands and keep leaning towards float
19. Either leave paddle secured in rigging or remove and quickly bring paddle over head without the float leaving water then tuck paddle shaft between your body and elbows
Note: Having paddle under arms makes it available for bracing and rolling
20. Secure spray skirt and start pumping water from side or tunnel
21. Secure pump and optionally the float
Note: Leaving float on paddle may prevent another capsize

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