Kayaking is a very enjoyable outdoor activity. It's always fun, whether you're putting around the cottage dock, paddling through white caps in the ocean or going on river trips. Kayaking is something anybody can learn, and something that everybody enjoys. No matter how experienced you are or how expensive your kayak is, it WILL flip over and you WILL be dunked in the water. Sometimes shore can be miles away. In this instructable you will learn how to re-enter a kayak after flipping.
Things you'll need:
Kayak and paddle
Bailing bucket (I use milk jug with the bottom cut off)
Hand pump (optional)
Step 1: Flip Kayak Back Over
It's important to always wear a life jacket, it will keep you afloat after you have flipped and will allow you to use your hands to bail out the kayak. It can be important to move fast (especially when the water is cold) make sure you kick with your feet to keep you afloat, and to keep you warm. Remain calm, start to put your weight on one side of the kayak until it rolls over so the cockpit if facing up. Shove one end of paddle into the cockpit so it doesn't float away.
Step 2: Bail Out Water
You can either use a bailing bucket or a hand pump for this, I like to use a bailing bucket because I can get more water out faster. Keep bailing until you get the majority of the water out and the kayak should look more buoyant.
Step 3: Enter Kayak
This is the tricky part! And without practice it may take a few trys. Enter from the stern of the kayak. Push the stern down and straddle. Sometimes leaving some water in the cockpit will actually help to way down the stern, making it easier to climb on. Try to keep your body in the middle, make sure to keep your center of gravity low and pull yourself until you reach the cockpit. Then carefully move your legs in front of your body and sit down. Pull paddle out of cockpit. The more you practice this the better you get.
Step 4: Use Sponge to Remove Remaining Water
Congratulations! You're back in your kayak! Use the sponge to remove the remaining water and enjoy your paddle!