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Articles by Tom Watson

Deploying a Throw Line

Casting out a rescue throw line, either contained within a Throw Bag or gathered in coils requires an unta…

How to Coil a Throw Rope

Throw ropes are a critically important “life line” in certain rescue situations where approaching the padd…

Painter/Bow Lines

A painter line is simply a rope tied onto the bow of your boat. It is usually attached to a deck loop inst…

Hand Signals for Kayaking

Whether it’s passing information along a raging river channel, across a wide expanse of ocean or conveying…

Stirrup Strap Re-entry

Any re-entry type of rescue, whether a solo effort or assisted, can be taxing on the capsized paddler - …

“Swim-On” Cockpit Re-entry

Attempting to re-enter your kayak after a capsize can be a very exhausting effort, even with the aid of a …

Foot Bracing/Rudder Control

Firm foot support is key to proper kayak posturing in the cockpit. Bracing your feet while paddling better…

Protecting Your Hands

Protecting or shielding your hands from the elements while kayaking makes gloves and other hand-wear an …

Paddle Floats - Self-Rescue/Re-Entry

A paddle float aid is a critical self-rescue/re-entry tool for the lone kayaker. When used as an “outrigge…

Life Jackets - Proper Sizing & Fitting

Adhering to the fundamental safety rule that a lifejacket should always be worn when out on the water, ens…

How to Make the Most of Pool Sessions

Mention “pool session” and the first image that pops into most kayakers minds is a class in how to roll. For w…

How To Repair A Kayak

One of the considerations for deciding which type of material you want your kayak to be made from (wood/rotomo…

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