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North Water Sea Kayak Rescue Paddle Float

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  • Store on your back deck, ready to accept your paddle blade into the outside sleeve
  • Self-rescue aid is built from durable UV resistant fabric
  • Uses 1-inch side-release buckles, making it easy for cold or gloved hands to secure and remove the float from the paddle blade


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Rated 3.4/5 based on 5 reviews
Rated 1out of5
by fromBulky I used mine for the first time today in a Kayaking Safety Course. Total waste of money because it is made for a very light individual. And it is very bulky. I will return it ASAP.
Date published: 2009-06-08
Rated 4out of5
by fromLove it, mostly as a seat This works as a paddle float, although it does not have as much float as the blow up paddle floats. However, it is really fast to get onto your paddle and thus it gets you back in your kayak faster :) I am a touring kayaker and I hope never to have to rescue myself. However, this make an awesome seat for around camp. I was kayak backpacking for a week in Pictured Rocks in the UP of Michigan and I had the best seat of the group all week. You always have a dry cushioned seat. It also works well to play cards on. I would recommend this to anyone. It is a little large though and doesn't look as streamlined on your kayak but it it bright and make you more visible.
Date published: 2007-09-11
Rated 4out of5
by fromA good backup safety system Great purpose, bulky design. I prefer the inflatable ones. However if you were to double the paddle float as a seat in your kayak or canoe, that would make its bulk more usefull.
Date published: 2007-10-27
Rated 4out of5
by fromPaddle float works as advertised I tested this paddle float in a cold water self-rescue this past week - it worked fine (and I weigh 210 pounds) - no bouyancy problems. One disadvantage is that it is bulky . . . I haven't tried it out as a seat, yet, but I like the idea.
Date published: 2010-04-16
Rated 4out of5
by fromfor crying out loud! This ought to be obvious but since to previous reviewers it apparently isn't: this is an essential life-saving device. In cold conditions, every second counts, so the fact that this works quickly, securely and reliably is important. The fact that you can sit on it is not only unimportant, it's detrimental to your survival. The reason to get this instead of an inflatable is that blowing up an inflatable takes time, sometimes both hands, and can fail completely if chambers are punctured or fingers are too cold to work the fiddly valves. The whole point is to get out of the water as quickly as possible. Another huge advantage is that you can actually sort of paddle with it attached. Climb back into a boat full of water in rough seas and you'll need your paddle right away. An inflatable works as an outrigger but has to be removed before you can use your paddle as a paddle. Being able to execute even just a couple of strokes to clear obstructions or turn into waves can be a lifesaver. When you're ready to take this off, that, too, is quicker and therefore safer than an inflatable. When conditions knock you out of your boat, getting back in, upright and in control is tiring, even with help. It doesn't always work the first time. If you need a paddle float you may need it repeatedly, and you'll be a little less robust each time. The advantage of instant application (it's possible to attach this to a paddle while still bungeed on deck) with less-than-nimble fingers is magnified each time. The advantage that you know it will work, not just that you know it used to work, is also comforting. The disadvantage of a solid design is that surf can strip it off deck. Even if you notice, there's not much you can do after that besides abort the trip. It can't be folded over bungee cord like an inflatable so it almost has to be clipped on, which subtracts from its speed of deployment. As for flotation, it has less than a fully-inflated inflatable but it has plenty. If you're too big to roll up with a foam float, you're too big for boating.
Date published: 2013-06-26

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