I was looking ahead towards a rescue day at our local lake that is coming up and did a YouTube search on Scoop rescues as I haven’t done much with them in the past. I came across two versions that differ in the placement of the “wet” paddler. One with the wet one face down (face on the back deck) - Master the Sea Kayak Scoop Rescue for Injured Paddlers | Adventure Kayak | Rapid Media - YouTube , and one with the wet one in the seat (relatively normal position) Scoop Sea Kayak Assisted Rescue | Skills | Adventure Kayak | Rapid Media - YouTube. I found the face down one interesting as that seemed to be different than what I’ve seen demonstrated before. Talked this over with another paddler at a Monday Night session and and today we went back to the lake and tried out the face down scoop rescue.
Set up: Inland lake, calm with minimum boat traffic, temps in low 70s. Both paddlers male, reasonably fit and around 70. Dry paddler ~5’ 8" 180 lb (guess) with good skills and experience in a CD Caribou. Wet paddler 5’ 8" 160 lb (known) with moderate skills and experience in a Delphin 150.
Results: I had some difficulty getting my hips past the thigh braces in the Delphin and, at first, didn’t get me feet fully to the front bulkhead. Partner wasn’t able to rotate me and the kayak in that position. Once I did manage to worm my way fully in the rotation was successful and not too difficult. We did not try the seated version on the scoop rescue.
Questions: Have you worked with either or both of these versions? If so what are your experiences and thoughts. Did you find one version better or just different than the other? Have you been involved in using one of these versions when needed (and not in a training session)? If so, in what conditions and how did it go.
(Oh, I did read through the 2007 comment thread that the software here suggested.)