It is very easy to reenter if you want to go for a swim. The handles on the sides (in addition to the front and back handles) make it very easy to load. As mentioned in previous reviews there isn't much cargo space or cup holders. Paddles well, though it is slower than the long, slim, sit-in ocean kayaks. It is very maneuverable though! I really wish they still made this little kayak, as I would like a couple more and I can't find any!