For many of us, some of the most enjoyable kayaking experiences happen in conditions that are anything but calm and predictable. In those conditions, we can expect to "get wet." Getting wet also becomes more and more desirable as the season heats up. Since the "bombproof roll" can be elusive, getting wet often means coming out of the kayak. Accordingly, we need to learn and practice rescues ways to help "swimmers" back into their kayaks efficiently.
To practice rescues is fun, but the ability to execute a rescue in real conditions is a critical skill. Rescues work in real conditions only if you practice them regularly. Learn and refine your rescue skills in safe, calm water, then practice in rougher water as your skills improve. The Canoe Safety and 4 Star programs provide this training, and what's more, most people will tell you that they are the most enjoyable instructional programs we offer!
Before we begin a brief discussion of some of the rescues we practice, this is a good place for a reminder: when you capsize, always hold on to your boat and your paddle - they are your ticket home!
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