Thanks everybody for all the advice! We’re going camping this weekend and I’ll be practicing some then for certain.
- WAY too much pressure on the middle of the paddle shaft. I was cringing waiting for it to snap! Yes, use it for support but you’re still trying to be balanced on the boat with minimal pressure on the paddle and float. Use the foot you’ve hooked over the paddle down near the float to get your body to the surface then pull your body up onto the boat like you’re doing a horizontal chin-up.
You can actually see it bend!
You can see me trying to get my leg up and failing twice, then I used my arm and it worked. Of course what works isn’t always the best and on the 2nd attempt video I went straight for the arm to lift me. I really like your analogy of a horizontal chin-up, that’s perfect.
- Have a very specific and rehearsed sequence of movements and placements for each of your hands and feet. Do it the same way every time until you’ve got it down pat.
I like this, repetition breeds familiarity and that leads to success under adverse conditions.
On a related note, I think it’s GREAT when people take the initiative to practice and refine their self-rescues. Accept my virtual handshake for your efforts. KEEP AT IT and don’t give up. Practice makes permanent, so make sure you’re practicing the right thing!
This made my day, thanks!
renter and roll
Someday. I do want to learn rolling but baby steps. As for the float not being too useful under adverse conditions my plan, at least for now, is to not be in adverse conditions. I really doubt I’ll ever capsize where I paddle now. But, with that said, I’d rather practice when it doesn’t matter and yeah, unexpected things happen. I was recused by a harbor master last year and one of his crew was the guy that taught me. He looked right at me and said, “Where’s your paddle float?” “At home in the shed” was my lame reply.
- Inflate the float and secure the paddle under the bunjies behind the cockpit.
- Put my back to the paddle shaft; left hand on the paddle; right hand on coaming far side.
- Put my feet in the boat
- Push on the paddle, pull on the coaming and hoist my butt into the boat.
I’m liking this but the heel hook method in the video looks really promising. Thats @Rookie!
Lifting your body decreases balance, so the more you can do with your chest lying on the back deck, the less likelihood of a flip while trying to rescue. Being further back should let you spin without lifting to get your legs in.
That’s a really good explanation!
You do seem to do a slow climb as you try to get on. You put your leg up and then move your body upward on the bait, If it works when you need it, that is great. But you may also want to try a bit more of a lunge
I found it exhausting, the slow was to catch my breathe. That one reason the heel hook method looks great, the first youtube comment says it is easier!
@“Allan Olesen” and others
capsize, hold onto the boat, etc…
I really tried to maintain contact with the boat. I wish we had video of it, it must be comical. I retrieve the paddle float, get on my back, put the leg and the boats instantly capsizes. I would have loved to see the look on my face. So I tried again, and of course it did. I remembered the leg inside from youtube, probably even the heel hook video, I just forgot to do it while the boat was upside down. And yes, that makes sense, while it is upside down it can’t take on more water!
The real funny thing is when it happened the second time I was actually thinking, hey, my friends at paddling.com will be able to help me with this!
I’ll add that since I always have a tow/rescue setup ready to go I’ll clip onto a deck line when I’m in the water to avoid any potential separation
Neat idea. I don’t use a paddle leash since I’m almost always using a Greenland paddle. (I left it at home this day so I had to use my spare Euro paddle which stays in the truck.) But I can keep my leash attached to the boat and just clip it on, just in case.
The first thing I noticed in your video is that you’re making the classic beginner’s mistake of trying to haul your body vertically out of the water. That’s way too strenuous and puts way too much pressure on the paddle, whether you hook your leg on it or not.
And way too strenuous on me! Yes, perfect observation.
- Don’t paddle alone and practice assisted rescues with your paddling partner(s). Assisted rescues are faster and more foolproof.
I not paddled alone in a long time, I used to do sunsets every night in the Provincetown harbor but @Lillyflowers and I almost always go out together. I keep on saying that I’ll walk down to the river in the early mornings before work but it’s just too cold to do that and I’m lazy. (And I can stand in the river so it isn’t a big deal…)
- Learn to roll, so the likelihood of coming out of your boat is greatly reduced. Rolling is a “gateway skill” that dramatically changes your approach to paddling…for the better!
I certainly plan on doing this, I might try and get a pool session this winter. I need a skirt first though. Then I build my skin boat and my throwing stick…