Kayaking Safety and Rescue Techniques


Articles: 6


If you’ve mastered the basics of kayaking and want to explore farther afield, you must first learn safety and rescue techniques. In this series, we cover preparing for your outing, how to edge and brace, how to do a wet exit, how to do rescues and how to tow a kayak.

  • two kayakers as seen from above

    Skills

    Kayaking Safety

    51 reviews with an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars

    Our kayak safety tips set you up for successful adventures. Instead of obsessing about danger, focus on stacking the odds in your favor.

  • Instructor demonstrates an edging exercise in the kayak

    Skills

    How to Edge and Do a Brace Stroke in Your Kayak

    31 reviews with an average rating of 4.2 out of 5 stars

    Capsizes happen. You should be ready if they do and skilled at preventing them. We show how edging and brace strokes can keep you upright.

  • Instructor mid flip in his kayak

    Skills

    How to Do a Wet Exit from a Kayak

    26 reviews with an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars

    Learn how to exit and reenter a kayak after capsizing. Practicing these techniques will increase your confidence during any paddling trip.

  • Instructor in the water with a flipped kayak as a student watches

    Skills

    How to Do a Kayak T-Rescue

    33 reviews with an average rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars

    The T-rescue offers a quick way to get a capsized kayak partner back in their boat. Check out our video and article for the basic steps.

  • Instructor demonstrates what to do in the water

    Skills

    How to Do a Kayak Self Rescue

    33 reviews with an average rating of 4.7 out of 5 stars

    If you capsize while paddling alone, you can get back into your boat via a self rescue. Check out our video and article for the basic steps.

  • a kayaker being towed by another kayaker

    Skills

    How to Tow a Kayak

    28 reviews with an average rating of 3.9 out of 5 stars

    When another kayaker is struggling, you might need to give them a tow. We’ll explain how tow belts work and basic towing techniques.