Sea Kayaking & Touring

Lessons Learned Video Series - Hang onto your Kayak

by christopher-lockyer
Monday, January 14, 2019
   Sea Kayaking & Touring
Monday, January 14, 2019
This video series, titled ‘Lessons Learned’, will highlight things Christopher sees while he is on the water coaching and will provide you with some ideas to think about and practice the next time you head out in your sea kayak.
Christopher Lockyer
by Christopher Lockyer

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Christopher Lockyer lives in Nova Scotia, Canada; he is a British Canoe Level 5 Sea Kayak Coach and Paddle Canada Level 4 Instructor Trainer, as well as the Owner of Committed 2 the Core Sea Kayak coaching. Chris is a brand ambassador for Kokatat, P&H Sea Kayaks and Lendal Paddle.

This video series, titled ‘Lessons Learned’, will highlight things Christopher sees while he is on the water coaching and will provide you with some ideas to think about and practice the next time you head out in your sea kayak. We hope that you will find these educational and they will help you get the most out of your days on the water.

‘Hang onto your Kayak’ is the first video in the Lessons Learned series. In this video, you will learn the importance of hanging onto your kayak with examples of what happens when you let go. One of the most important concepts after learning to wet exit your kayak is holding onto your kayak.

It became obvious to me in 2018 that many people don’t put enough importance on this fundamental technique. Driving home the importance of this simple task needs to start at the foundation level and should carry on through the skills progression. When paddlers let go of their kayak in a dynamic environment this adds a level of complexity that can be avoided. Whenever working in these environments, we focus on simplifying the process and we only take on more complexity if the environment demands it.

During pool sessions and practice sessions in calm water, reinforce the importance of staying in contact with the kayak at all times during any rescue or recovery of a swimmer.

See you on the water!

Key takeaways from this video:

  1. When practicing rescues in all environments maintain contact with your kayak.
  2. New paddlers should be reminded of this important concept
  3. You need the kayak to put the swimmer back into. In a dynamic environment, things can become complex rather quickly.

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