Paddle Blade Rescue Techniques

Description: Quite often, paddlers gets into odd situations while kayaking. If they keep a paddle blade aid in the kayak, then they will be in a better position to protect themselves and fellow paddler.

While paddling together, there is a huge chance that you or your fellow paddler could capsize while rescuing one another or at the same time. Things get a lot worse when you kayak in cold weather conditions. So, in order to be safe, you need bring a self-inflatable blade aid, as it will save a lot of time when required the most.

Prior to embarking, you need to keep that self-inflatable blade aid at a place where it can be easily accessed. There are a plenty of locations in the kayak such as, under deck rigs, but you have to make sure that it doesn’t slip under the bungee cords. You will most likely to use at the time of an odd situation. But, you have to clip it in the right way. You can take one end of the cord and leash it in the corner grommet and then place the clipped end through the loop. Then, you have to clip into the deck fitting. There is another way of doing it, i.e., place it in the cockpit next to the seat. But, make sure that it is properly clipped to a reliable part of the kayak because if a strong wave hits the kayak, then the equipment will be carried away with it.

  1. If the water throws you out of the kayak, then the first thing that you need to do is focus on your kayak and the paddle. You need to put your kayak and the paddle inside the cockpit, so that you one is free at least. Many people place the paddle in their armpit, but that’s the wrong move because one big wave can easily wash loose the paddle or make it difficult for the paddler to manipulate the paddle. You need to find out the right side of your kayak, where you think the kayak will remain protected from the sharp waves. Once you are able to find it out, then stick to that side.

You need to slide the paddle float over paddle blade that is extending from the cockpit. You have to inflate the float until it locks onto the blade of the paddle by augmentation of the air chambers, which will also put a great amount of pressure from all sides. Bring the paddle out of the cockpit and flip the blade so that it rests flat on the surface. Then, insert the paddle under the deck rigging. Your boat will get stable because the combination of paddle and float will result in an outrigger configuration

  1. Once the kayak gets stable, then try getting back on the kayak from the side, where you have placed the paddle float. Make use of the paddle and the float to get back on. You can also grasp kayak’s cockpit in order to place yourself firmly onto to the deck.
  2. Try to come into a position where you can re-enter the cockpit.
  3. There is surely some water left inside the cockpit, so you need to get the bilge pump in order to pump the water out of the cockpit. That will only be done if the conditions are fine. If the weather condition is overcast, then you need to hook up that spray skirt of yours before pumping the water out. Having water in the kayak is not good for you, so get it out quickly. In bad situations, keep the paddle with float intact for stability and use a spare paddle instead to get out of there.

You can also stick the pump right next to your hip after reattaching the skirt. This will help keep the cockpit dry and the kayak stable. You can also use the rudder (if there is a large quantity of it available on the kayak) to keep the bow onto wind during the process of pumping out the water.