In this video guide I am demonstrating how I perform the paddle float rescue technique in my sea kayak. I don’t practice this one often enough so excuse me if I am little rusty, you will get the idea 🙂
The kayak is the Barracuda Kayaks Interface which has bungy loops and buttons behind the cockpit to accommodate the paddle float rescue along with a recess to allow you paddle shaft to lock into place even if it has a 2 piece connector. If If your kayak does not have this option then you can use the grab lines instead but its not as ideal.
Question on my FaceBook Page
from James Youldon Hi Jason, what’s your view on inflatable v foam paddle floats? I’m a newbie and have a foam one as it’s one less thing for me to deal with on the water.
Reply – Paddle Guy – Hi James Youldon.. I have not actually ever used a foam one purely because I have always had inflatable ones.. I would assume the work as good or they would not sell?. I guess there are pros and cons to both, inflatable is compact but takes time to inflate, foam is quick to fit but bulky on deck in comparison. Cheers PG
I use a dual air bag paddle float like this one from Fergs Kayaks (click the image to go to fergs site for more info and pricing). Fergs also stock the Level 6 paddle clothing I am wearing in the video which I highly recommend..would not have jumped in that water if I did not have this great gear to keep me semi warm at least.. search Level 6 in the clothing section of their website