Hi @mtappan,

One thing I would suggest is finding a calm body of water that you can practice self-rescuing (or even a swimming pool if you have one large/deep enough haha). If this is something new to you, perhaps look for a buddy that could join. Also, MAKE SURE TO WEAR A LIFE JACKET ALWAYS, NOT JUST WHILE PRACTICING! 

Here is a video from REI that provides a clear explanation of the basic self-rescue technique for kayaking. There are other techniques as well, but this is a good place to start! 

I've been kayaking nearly my entire life (I'm 23 years old), so let me know if you have any questions!


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