How to Self Rescue If You Capsize
When kayak touring alone, it is important to know how to self rescue if you capsize. World Champion kayaker, Ken Whiting, examines some of the most popular techniques in this episode of PaddleTV.
Although paddling alone is never a great idea, if you do choose to do it you need to stay close enough to shore so you can comfortably swim. Or you need to have some self-rescue techniques up your sleeve that you know you can count on. So in this video we're going to take a quick look at a few of the most popular self-rescue techniques.
First off, it's important to understand that self rescues are not easy and it's going to take a lot of practice to perfect them. Especially when you consider that when you're going to use them you'll probably be in rougher conditions. The absolute best self-rescue technique you can learn is this rule: if you want to paddle in the surf or other rough or exposed conditions, you owe it to yourself to learn a bomb-proof roll. If this is something that interests you then I would highly recommend taking a rolling clinic.
If you don't have a reliable role or if, for other reasons, you end up finding yourself swimming beside your kayak, here are two techniques.