Your boat capsizes while you are wearing a spray skirt. The skirt has you sealed inside the cockpit. What should you do? Stay calm and use the wet exit technique. As noted in the video:
Spray skirts come in 2 common materials:
Combing can vary between boats:
Following a wet exit, how do you reenter your boat when you're paddling solo? A good technique is to deploy a self or paddle float rescue .
If a boat capsizes and another paddler is nearby, a T rescue is an excellent technique to use.
In our video, you can watch Katy and I, REI Outdoor School instructors from the San Francisco Bay Area, demonstrate the process outlined here:
Other reentry methods exist, but the 2 described above are the essential techniques for beginners to know and to have practiced.
One advanced re-entry technique is the Eskimo bow rescue . Like the T rescue, this method requires the assistance of another nearby paddler (in a boat that is still afloat). However, it involves some risk of shoulder injury. Here is the basic process:
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Last updated: 08/16/2012
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