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In extreme emergencies, a complete familiarity with first aid and
resuscitation techniques and the ability to contact emergency personnel
are required. If this is not the group leader, it must be made clear to all
members of the group who that person is. On open water, the stabilization
of a kayak is essential for an injured or not breathing person to be helped.
As far as performing rescues in white water situations is concerned,
experience is the best resource along with common sense and safety
consciousness for those involved in the rescue. Everyone should continue
wearing a PFD and watersport shoes or sandals 먹튀검증.
The tow rope is the only option to rescue someone from shore. In the event
of having to rescue a kayak, a type of pulley system using extra line and
karabiners may be necessary for added leverage and support. Because the
force of the water pressing on a person or kayak is extreme, you should
never try to pull with your hands. Gloves will help, but the best technique
involves wrapping the rope under one arm, behind your back and over the
opposite shoulder. In this manner, you have access to the strength of your
back and shoulders in addition to that of your arms. You should always
consider tying the loose end of the rope around a tree and running the line
through a karabiner attached to that or another tree before attempting to
pull. This is called a ‘vector pull’.
In the most extreme situations, an air lift may be required to rescue
someone from the sea or remove them from the river bank. The rescue
helicopter would undoubtedly have personnel aboard to assist the injured
paddler, so it everyone else’s role to stay calm, step back and listen to
directions from this person as they would from their own group leader.
Added as an Olympic sport in 1936, kayaking has grown in overall
popularity ever since. There are many clubs and organizations that sponsor
competitive events every year which are well attended by avid kayakers and
There are several different sprint and flat water racing events where speed
is the key feature. This involves individual and multi-paddled events. The
more involved events are wild river racing, white water slalom and
Slalom was developed by downhill skiers as a training opportunity in the
summer. A course is set up with gates through which the paddlers must
pass. The interesting part of this event is the different color gates. The
paddler passes through the green and white gates moving downstream, but
he has to maneuver and pass through the red and white gates moving
upstream! This is a test of skill, technique, concentration and time. As an
Olympic event, slalom racing has occurred in most Olympiads since 1972.
The only reliable way to become involved with slalom kayaking is through a
Free style or competition play kayaking is where paddlers can really
push the capabilities of themselves and their equipment. There are set
moves just like those in snowboarding and skateboarding that are
performed for points. The kayaker takes advantage of vertical drops, holes,
boils, eddy walls and chutes to provide the force for spinning, jumping and
standing their craft on its end.
Extreme racing as a separate discipline grew out of the mix of white
water racing and freestyle kayaking. While not a timed race, the venue
allows freestyle kayakers the opportunity to show their mastery of skills in
extreme white water sometimes using grade 4 and 5 rapids and up to 33¹
(10 meter) waterfalls.
Right now, you are probably anxious to get out to the water and try
kayaking. It is a great opportunity for fun and exercise and is a sport that
you can participate in throughout your life. You should be looking forward
to getting together with some friends or joining a group or class and start
mastering the skills to be safe and successful on the water! Perhaps your
desire for excitement has found an outlet in the mastery of the water to
engage in extreme paddling or racing. Or maybe your need to relax and
have time to reflect will be met with calm water kayaking along the shore
or a slow moving river.
Now you are ready to utilize the information in this book as a guide to
select the kayak and equipment that will be the best for the type of
paddling you want to enjoy. Follow the exercise advice to be perfectly fit
and ready for the physical demands of kayaking. Think carefully about
safety and the rescue techniques explained in the text to stay alert and be
ready for obstacles and the capsizing that will undoubtedly occur. Take
advantage of the descriptions of reading a river or understanding the surf
to get started and develop your own sense of the water and wind and the
way they move.
The descriptions and videos of the strokes should enable you to practice
the moves in a chair and transfer them to the kayak when you get to the
water. Imagine the feel of gliding across the water or rushing down a fast
moving stream and navigating around the obstacles you have read about.
Experience success as you match your newfound knowledge to the actual
process of paddling!
This book has provided some basic information about kayaking and
resources to learn more. Let this be your first step towards enjoying the
sport and recreation of paddling, but don’t limit yourself! Take advantage
of the knowledge and advice of professional instructors or other
experienced boaters to have the best experiences possible. You now have
the tools to embark on a recreational activity that you can enjoy for the rest
of your life, so get out there and discover just how rewarding kayaking can