The folly of the paddle float rescue for rough water
This is a great example of why we learn to eskimo roll. It takes about 2 seconds to complete the roll, then you are back up and on your way. This guy unwittingly also makes the case against the paddle float rescue. Even with proper training it can be challenging in textured conditions, if not downright impossible.
This guy is having difficulty with more htan a few details on the rescue.
- First the paddle does not go ahead of the cockpit it goes behind.
- He also can’t seem to get the paddle float attached properly.
- He seems to get up and out of the water no problem. But he also manages to overbalance everytime by not keeping his body low or his weight on the paddle as he corkscrews.
Also note that this guy is in Alaska where I am sure the water is not warm. How quickly did he run out of strength to try? Check the time signature on the video, and you will see that he doesn’t last too long. Still think a paddle float rescue is a reliable rough water rescue skill?…
Frankly I would like to encourage every symposium to collectively agree to not to teach this skill unless they preface it with, This will only work on flat water close to shore.