Good point Stan and being able to get back on/in your kayak is something everyone
needs to make sure they can do...
especially if you fish alone!
When you watch the video notice the leg kicks that help the person get himself back onto the boat.This is all about timing plain and simple.Pulling yourself on while kicking hard to propel your body a bit.
This is something you should practice!Do not wait till your out fishing/paddling and get dumped into the water..
Take a day...an hour...and mess around with your kayak in a shallow area.Get to know how the kayak will react.
Its tipping point...
the best re-entry...
If you ue a sit inside your going to have a very hard time re-entering alone.There are tricks and a few things you can bring along( paddle floats etc) but these need to be practiced before the swimming sesion ( your butt getting dumped overboard) ever happens.
Something to keep in mind if your the type that fishs open water is that the conditions that made you fall out will still be there when you get back in( unless you fell out because that 50lb Stiper yanked you clean outta your seat
In sea kayaking this means : if the water is nasty and the wind is howling those conditions make it much harder to re-enter your kayak.And those conditions will still be there waiting for you to do it again...
Getting back on/into a kayak in rough conditions is exhausting even for a fit person.It drains you quick and the adrenalin that was pumped out leaves you wiped out ( been there unfortunately).
Think before you head into open water.
Lastly on this Sunday morning rambling I'm doing...
is not your friend!
Even a slight breze can wisk your kayak away faster than you can swim after it.
Please be carefull.
Get to know your kayak and think ahead before each trip especialy if you go out alone.
Kayaking accidents are rarely caused by one event.
Its usually a combination of events that add up and doom the panic stricken exhausted paddler.
I think its time for an On The Water
Noreast Seminar dealing with kayaking and all that goes along with being safe and prepared.
Hands on seminar
At this time of the year besides being dressed with drysuit, dry top/wader combo and layering your clothes for the water/air temps you should also know how to get back on your kayak if you were to fall off it. Here's a video I shot last year of how to get back onto your kayak if you were to fall off. It's very easy to do and you all should know how to do this and practice it before every trip you make. Please be safe out there here's the link to the video: