What would you do if….

 

IMGP1956So you are out paddling and your friend/husband/partner falls in. And when you go to rescue them, they say “Um…I think I’ve dislocated my shoulder! Now the reality is that in sea kayaking, a shoulder, hand or arm injury is rare – I’ve only seen two in 45 years. But it can happen and there are other reasons why your paddling partner might not be able to manage a normal rescue re-entry. For example (let’s hope not) they pass out. Again – very rare, I’ve never seen one. But I’ve heard of people who have had this happen. The good news is, that as well as being rare, these incidents can be handled effectively if you know what you are doing. The image shows Victoria and Zoe practising a scoop rescue, which is a nifty way of getting an incapacitated paddler back into their kayak. And they are obviously finding it entertaining too! These two are very competent paddler who are going for their 4 Star and 5 Star awards respectively. But how many recreational paddlers know how to do this? It’s not difficult once you have learned the tricks, it’s good fun to learn and gives you that bit more confidence that you can cope when…and if…

 

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