How To Do A Rescue Kayak?

Kayak T-Rescue Techniques

Kayak T-Rescue Techniques

Abigail Scott

Abigail Scott
Mother, Professional Kayaker, and Software Engineer

Updated on 12/6/2022

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Capsizes occur even when situations are the most tranquil. However, you may be an expert in various paddling strokes. This essay will proceed on the assumption that you are proficient with the wet exit. To put everything back in order, you will have to educate yourself on how to perform the duties of both the swimmer and the rescuer.

 The following measures need to be taken to successfully execute a "T-rescue" or a "buddy rescue" in rescue a kayak.

A swimmer provides the rescuer with information on the capsize. (Here's a helpful hint: Give the boat a good whack while you're making your soggy getaway.) A rescuer forms the letter "T" by paddling to the front of the capsized boat. The swimmer's boat is moved onto the rescuer's boat deck with the help of the two individuals working together. They turn the swimmer's boat upside down and realign all the boats, so the bow faces forward. 

A rescue team member gets in close, grips both boats and helps keep them stable. The swimmer does a belly flop onto the back deck of the boat while facing the stern after kicking out of the water. A swimmer who used to compete in swimming competitions pulls his legs into the cockpit and spins himself to the seat.

The former swimmer pumps out the remaining water, attaches the spray skirt, and the two paddle out into the sunset. It is prudent to learn the wet escape and the T-rescue from an experienced guide or teacher and practice it in a quiet, safe setting until it becomes second nature.

Sea Kayak T-Rescue: Deep Water Rescue / How to get back in your Kayak with help

First Steps After Capsizing

First Steps After Capsizing

First Steps After Capsizing

One kayaker who had capsized and a buddy kayaker who was getting ready to do a t-rescue from the water

After the last-ditch brace stroke has been unsuccessful, both paddlers need to take a long, slow breath to relax before continuing with the following steps:

The swimmer gets out of the water while still dripping. The person was attempting to save them paddles toward the front of the capsized boat.

The vessel that will do the rescue will position itself such that it is perpendicular to the bow of the boat that has capsized.

Righting The Capsized Kayak

Righting the Capsized Kayak

Righting the Capsized Kayak

T-rescue is being performed by two kayakers, one of whom is turning a capsized kayak.

The objective is to the right the flipped kayak so that water can drain out and the kayak may be used again:
The swimmer makes his way to the back of the capsized boat by swimming behind it. The swimmer manages to lift their head above the water while simultaneously applying significant force to the rear of the capsized boat.

The bow of the capsized boat is lifted and moved along the water by the rescuer at the same time. The person attempting to save them places the bow on top of their boat, just in front of them. 

The two individuals then rock the capsized boat back and forth to drain the water from the capsized boat's cockpit by sliding it so that the cockpit is close to the other ship's hull. The two individuals right the overturned boat and get it back into the sea.     

Adjusting The Placement Of The Kayaks

Adjusting the placement of the kayaks

Adjusting the placement of the kayaks

A kayaker assists another kayaker in righting their boat as they get ready to reenter the water after capsizing.

The objective is to provide a platform that is stable for both the person swimming and the person performing the rescue:

The vessel provided assistance maneuvers parallel to the ship that had been righted. However, the bow of the rescue boat has to be near the stern of the vessel that has been righted.

A rescue team member takes the swimmer's paddle and sets it on the boat's deck. (If it falls between the ships, it won't be difficult to retrieve it in the future.)

The person who is rescuing the swimmer leans in close and clutches the rear of the cockpit coaming as well as the static deck lines on the other side of the upright boat. This makes it possible for the swimmer to reenter the cockpit without obstructions. The person doing the rescue keeps a solid grasp on both boats (each leaning slightly inward).

Reboarding The Boat

Reboarding the boat

Reboarding the boat

T-rescue was performed by a swimmer on a kayaker who had capsized and was swimming back to their ship with the assistance of a buddy.

The objective is for the swimmer to emerge from the sea and reenter the cockpit as quickly as possible:

A swimmer reaches out and grabs the static deck lines on the opposite side of the cockpit. A swimmer can secure themselves by holding the coaming on the opposite side of the cockpit if the deck lines are too far away or not present.

The swimmer makes a solid effort to propel themselves out of the water and into the boat by falling on their bellies (facing the stern). The most effective kick is a dolphin kick, which involves bringing both legs together.
By utilizing both boats and keeping their bodies as low to the water as they can, the swimmer can pull their legs out of the water, slide them back into the cockpit, and then slowly turn around and sit upright.

The boat is released, and the swimming person uses a bilge pump or a sponge to drain extra water while the rescuer watches. After the former swimmer has reattached the spray skirt, the rescuer will hand them their paddle, and then the paddling duo will be ready to resume their journey.

Advanced Rescues

Advanced Rescues

Advanced Rescues

After completing a successful rescue for a kayak , the kayaker hands their friend the paddle they were using.

You have probably observed that to participate in the buddy rescue, you must paddle alongside a companion, which is also strongly suggested. The roll and the self-rescue, which involves using a paddle float, are two other rescue methods. 

Getting the appropriate training is, of course, going to be your greatest bet for learning all of these things. Check to see if a class is offered at an REI shop in your region. You might also look for other local kayak specialist businesses or groups that focus on kayaking in your part.

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