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The gckfa safety seminar and re-entry videos

bbarton13bbarton13 Posts: 142 Officer
The Gulf Coast Kayak fishing Association held a kayak safety seminar and kayak re-entry clinic. The seminar was also filmed and made into 2 videos. The first video discusses kayak safety, gear and the law requirements. The second video demonstrates kayak re-enrty techniques and the use of the water bugs self rescue ladder.
Safety Seminar
http://vimeo.com/69443457#at=0

Kayak re-entry
http://vimeo.com/69857024


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  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,343 Moderator
    Very good re-entry video. Sharing with friends now.
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • 1OzLead1OzLead Posts: 352 Officer
    Thanks for posting.
  • kayakfrankkayakfrank Posts: 813 Officer
    Self recovery is a "must" for all of us. Thanks for posting.
    Fish Hard...Or Don't Fish At All.
  • jcanracerjcanracer Posts: 4,343 Moderator
    I showed my dad the video for re-entry.
    He had flipped the Revo13 he was using when he came up to visit last month, and had to learn the hard way how to re-enter the kayak. One of the things he noticed was that it was difficult to flip the yak back over using the "push" method, though I assume the gallon of water the hull had taken on had something to do with this. He said he thinks the rescue ladder is a great idea and would have saved him some time if he had had it at the time.

    BTW, I made the thread a sticky since the content is well worth sharing with all kayakers.
    Hobie Kayak angler for life!
  • kwanza98kwanza98 Posts: 611 Officer
    This is awesome. Thanks for sharing
    Kwanza Kayaking Henderson
  • lucluc Posts: 245 Officer
    The best thing I found useful was to tether YOURSELF to the kayak for offshore.


    Thanks for posting.
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 3,079 Captain
    Just reviewed the video. Good to periodically re-watch to remind us of practices we need to do to stay safe.
  • RizanglerRizangler Posts: 155 Deckhand
    Thanks for this information!
    G3 Bay 18 DLX
    13' Native Slayer Propel
  • jayseasjayseas Posts: 815 Officer
    Good information, thanks for sharing.
  • KFOKFO Posts: 109 Officer
    For the re-entry video, I find it much easier using the stirrup on the opposite side.

    This would be easier with a picture, but as an example, once the yak is right side up, the rope should be tied on the right side of the yak, running at a downward angle under the hull, with you entering on the left side of the yak. As you exert downward force with your foot in the stirrup, the right side is pulled/held down at the same time you are exerting topside force on the left side of the hull with your chest/arms coming in.

    Basically with the stirrup on the opposite side the hull is pushed down equally on both sides, but if it's on the same side the kayak starts to flip up towards you.

    As for the stirrup just always have a length of rope handy and tie a loop on the end.

    Everyone should practice re-entering their yak (with all the right safety precautions)

    Thanks for sharing/stickying
  • NJ2FLNJ2FL Posts: 8 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the links. Hoping to get into kayaking and kayak fishing very soon, if wife goes along with the idea (will need to take money from landscaping budget, lol). So far she's having a great time with a pair of borrowed kayaks, so things look promising.

    Those links are a great help, as she hasn't had much experience on the water, and I haven't used paddle craft much since I was a whitewater guide (over 20 years ago).

    Thanks, again.

    BTW, we'll be talking classes ASAP.
  • Kayak_PeteKayak_Pete Posts: 113 Deckhand
    Just reviewed the video. Good to periodically re-watch to remind us of practices we need to do to stay safe.

    Yeah, I just watched this again for about the 3rd or 4th time, and went out in the garage and "reinstalled" the waterbug I haven't used in a couple years.  I've only turned over twice, both times in very shallow water. 

    To those with mirage drives --  I screwed in a padeye just outside the well and leashed the drive with a Scotty clip. The one time I lost it I was beaching in the surf and of course didn't have it leashed, had to go in and fish it out.
    2014 Hobie Sport
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 3,079 Captain

    To those with mirage drives --  I screwed in a padeye just outside the well and leashed the drive with a Scotty clip. The one time I lost it I was beaching in the surf and of course didn't have it leashed, had to go in and fish it out.
    I clip a Proyaker leash on mine every time just before I head in.  I don't use my paddle at all.  Coming in through the surf, I peddle up to the surf line, then pull the mirage.  If I leave the mirage in at the surf line, it tends to allow the bow to get pulled down, causing the kayak to flip.  Once in the surf line, I ride the waves in.
  • Kayak_PeteKayak_Pete Posts: 113 Deckhand
    Yep, that's what I did and put the mirage right on top of the bow. When I hopped out right at the beach, the trough was a lot deeper than I expected.  I didn't turtle, but flipped the drive right into the water.
    2014 Hobie Sport
  • John McKroidJohn McKroid Posts: 3,079 Captain
    Yep, that's what I did and put the mirage right on top of the bow. When I hopped out right at the beach, the trough was a lot deeper than I expected.  I didn't turtle, but flipped the drive right into the water.
    Next time keep it leashed lower in the kayak.  I lay mine on top of the mirage opening, just need to make sure one of the flippers does not fall through the opening while dragging the kayak up the beach.
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