Sea Kayak Rescue

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The nimble sea kayak is inherently unstable - so it's just a matter of time before you find yourself in the drink! Your ability to right the kayak and reenter it quickly and easily can spell the difference between a dunk and a disaster. Let expert instructors Roger Schumann and Jan Shriner show you the full range of kayak rescues, suitable for beginners and experts alike. From the basic Self-Paddlefloat Rescue and T Rescue to the more advanced Eskimo Rolls, this manual includes every technique you will ever need ...

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Overview

The nimble sea kayak is inherently unstable - so it's just a matter of time before you find yourself in the drink! Your ability to right the kayak and reenter it quickly and easily can spell the difference between a dunk and a disaster. Let expert instructors Roger Schumann and Jan Shriner show you the full range of kayak rescues, suitable for beginners and experts alike. From the basic Self-Paddlefloat Rescue and T Rescue to the more advanced Eskimo Rolls, this manual includes every technique you will ever need to rescue yourself - and others - in all sea kayaking conditions. Look inside for information on: safety equipment; easier Eskimo Rolls; solo reentries; assisted reentry techniques; towing methods for disabled boats; rescues in rough water; swimmer rescues; tales of real-life rescues; and simple and fun exercises for building skills and confidence. (7 1/2 X 9, 144 pages, b&w photos)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762707454
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Series: Sea Kayaking How-To Series
  • Edition description: 1 ED
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword xi
Acknowledgments xiii
Introduction xv
Chapter 1. Preparation and Prevention 1
Rescues, Reentries, Recoveries: What's in a Word? 1
Avoiding Trouble: An Ounce of Prevention ... 2
Common Hazards 2
Safety Guidelines 4
Trip Planning Tips 10
Chapter 2. Safety Gear in Depth 11
Recommended Equipment 11
Signaling Devices 15
Float Plans 17
Additional Safety Items 17
Chapter 3. Bombproof Your Braces 19
Bracing Basics 20
J-Lean, Hip Snap, and Head Dink: Step by Step 20
Braces for Beginners and Beyond: Low and High 21
Low Brace: Step by Step 22
High Brace: Step by Step 24
Variations on the Theme and Advanced Braces 25
Running Low Brace 25
Low Brace Turn 26
Sweep Brace 26
Sculling Brace 26
Greenland Sculling 27
Hyper Braces and Eskimo Rolls 27
Forward Slap Stroke 27
Practice Drills for Bombproofing Your Braces 27
Chapter 4. Rescue Practice Sessions 29
Wet Exits: Before You Get In, You've Got to Get Out 29
Getting Rescues Started 31
A Rough-Water Simulator 32
Rough-Water Practice Tips 33
Chapter 5. Best Basic Reentries 35
The Paddlefloat Self-Rescue 35
Paddlefloat Self-Rescue: Step by Step 36
The Deck Rigging Method of Paddlefloat Self-Rescue 42
Fancy Flips: Waterless Righting Techniques 42
Paddlefloat Self-Rescue Practice Tips 44
The T Rescue 45
T Rescue: Step by Step 45
T Rescue Practice Tips 49
Variations on a T Theme: Alternate Model Ts and Other Assisted Rescues 52
TX Rescue 52
TX Rescue: Step by Step 53
Rafted (Assisted) T Rescue 54
Reenter and Pump 55
British Style (Between Boat) Reentry 58
Chapter 6. Expanding Your Repertoire 61
Scramble (Cowboy) Reentry 61
Scramble: Step by Step 62
Variations on the Scramble 64
Scramble Practice Tips 64
Reenter and Roll 64
Reenter and Roll Using a Paddlefloat: Step by Step 65
The Eskimo Bow Rescue 68
Eskimo Bow Rescue: Step by Step 68
Practicing the Eskimo Bow Rescue 70
Eskimo Rolls: The Ultimate Self-Rescue 73
Sweep Roll 74
C to C Roll 76
Roll Practice Tips 77
Chapter 7. Rescues for Special Circumstances 79
Sling Rescues for Tired Paddlers 80
Paddlefloat with a Sling Rescue 80
Assisted Rescue with a Sling 82
Sling Tips 84
Incapacitated Paddler Rescues: The Scoop and the Hand of God 86
Scoop Rescue 86
Hand of God Rescue 88
My Deck/Your Deck 89
Cleopatra's Needle and Other Flotation Problems 89
Cleopatra's Needle Rescue: Step by Step 90
Variations on Cleopatra's Needle Rescue 91
Rescuing Loaded Sea Kayaks 92
Self-Rescues for Loaded Sea Kayaks 92
Assisted Reentry Techniques for Loaded Sea Kayaks 92
Double Reentries 92
Righting a Double Kayak from the Water 93
Double Self-Rescue Choices 93
Assisted Reentry Techniques for Doubles 96
Rescue Tips for Loaded Double Sea Kayaks 97
Sit-on-Top Kayaks 98
Self-Recovery for a Sit-on-Top 98
Assisted Reentry for Sit-on-Tops 98
Rescues in Surf, Rock Gardens, and Rough Water 98
Surf Rescues 100
Rock Garden Rescues 100
Rough Water 101
Chapter 8. Keeping It All Together 103
Towing Skills 103
When to Tow and the Psychology of Towing 104
When Not to Tow 105
Basic Towing Technique: Step by Step 105
Techniques for One-Paddler Towing 107
Team Towing Techniques for Two or More Paddlers 108
Towing Incapacitated Paddlers 110
Towing Safety 111
Gear for Towing 111
Retrieving Boats and Swimmers 114
Boat Retrieval Techniques 114
Retrieving Swimmers 116
Chapter 9. Old-School Rescues and Inflatable Safety Devices 119
HI Rescue 119
All In Rescue 120
Inflatable Devices: Back Up, Sponsons, and Sea-Seat 120
Index 125
About the Authors 127
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