Deep Water Rescue

The standard rescue

There is a lot of detail to this simple rescue. Get it perfect in calm waters so it works when you need it in conditions

Re-entry and roll

Climb back in and roll up

In rough water there is no other self rescue that works as well as this one. Take your time setting up.

Moving swimmers

Bow and stern tows and carries

Each of these methods have their time and place. The effect of wind is a big factor when choosing.

Hand of God rescue

Unconscious paddler still in their kayak

When a paddler is stuck in their kayak and cant roll up this is an essential rescue skill to have. They could be unconscious or conscious.

Eskimo rescue - Bow

Use your bow to help a capsized paddler

A good technique in calm waters to rescue paddlers that cant roll. Good for developing confidence and practicing rolling techniques.

Eskimo rescue - Paddle

Rescue for a capsized paddler

Similar to the bow technique but useful when the kayaks are alongside each other. Requires training for both rescuer and the person being rescued.

Back deck self rescue

Cowboy self rescue

Hard to do for some people and even harder in conditions but still a very useful self rescue as it is quick and you have an empty boat at the end.

Cold water rescue 2

Certainly an interesting one!

Good for calm cold waters to keep the swimmer out of the water during the rescue and when the get back in.

Cold water rescue 1

Standard cold water rescue

A way to get the swimmer out the water quickly leaving you to empty the kayak. Hard to balance but a very useful technique.

Swimmer assisted rescue

Get the swimmer to help with the emptying

A good technique if you are finding it hard to empty a kayak but be careful not to loose your swimmer as you rotate the kayak in their hands.

Scoop rescue

Unconscious paddler rescue

Getting an unconscious paddler back in their kayak helps you move them more quickly. This requires a good bit of strength to achieve on your own.

Clip on swim out

Self rescue in the rocks

By clipping on you can swim quicker away from the danger. It also makes the next stage of a rescue easier for the rescuer.

Quick rescue and contact tow

Put them back in among the rocks or conditions

A very useful technique to move a swimmer out of an environment quickly with control. Can be used in tide wind and rocks.

Injured Paddler Scoop

Scoop an injured paddler back in

Dislocated shoulders, hypothermia and exhaustion are just a few reasons why you may have to use this rescue.