Kayak Self Rescue Clinic

Kayak Self Rescue Clinic
Kayak Self Rescue Clinic
Today we had a Heroes On the Water kayak self rescue clinic. It was held at Fort Dix in their indoor pool. We used some of the HOW kayaks which included Native Watercraft Manta Ray 14's, Red Fish 12 and a Jackson Big Tuna tandem.I started off with the Mata Ray and while I was able to get into the kayak, it was very hard to turn around and get seated. I flipped the boat twice trying to do it. The Mantas are a very 'tippy' boat. Next I tried it with the Red Fish and it was a lot easier. I was able to do it without any problems. Next was the Big Tuna. I had a little trouble at first as this boat is very wide and I wasn't used to it. After a few tries I got in and was able to position myself without fear of tipping again.My wife and daughter also went. They enjoyed some time in the other pool swimming. After a while my daughter got in a kayak and paddled around the shallow end. She said she did not want to go in the deep end AT ALL. But after paddling for a while she paddled to the deep end. I must say, she got the hang of it right away and paddled pretty darn well. I asked her if she would ever paddle in a lake or the bay and I got a big NO! lol.After the clinic was over and we hosed off and put away all the gear a bunch of us went to the bowling alley next door and got some dinner and had a few beers. We also had a few laughs. Although today wasn't as bitter cold as it had been, it was nice to get out of the house and get in a kayak. Although I would have rather fished I had a great time. At least I know that if I ever did have the misfortune of going in the drink that I am able to get back in my kayak.I would like to thank Ricky Wolbert, John Bohme and Gene Gribble for today. I'm glad I went. I also made a few new friends to boot. Now, COME ON SPRING!!! ;)

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