When you’re learning kayaking, flipping over will have a high likelihood, you will fall out or capsize.
So long as you are wearing all your PFD gear, there shouldn’t be anything to worry about. Most times, you can find this when sea kayaking or in rough rivers.
You can seize these times when you’re learning to learn the different ways how to get back on your kayak. It takes practice, and practicing in a natural scenario rather than forced will mean you learn faster and often better.
By the end of our guide, you will learn the technique of how to flip a kayak back over, and most importantly, how to get back into a kayak after falling out. (Learn What Should You Do When Approaching a Low-head Dam in a Canoe or Kayak?)
What is the Best Way to Get in and Out of a Kayak?
It’s not too hard to get in and out of a kayak, though it does take some practice. It is recommended to improve your kayak entry skills before you hit the water properly.
Most kayaks are stable, yet you shouldn’t rely on this. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
- Try to launch from a sloping and sandy beach
- Have a partner you can use for help; if there’s no friend, find a solid object to lean on
- Use your paddle for balance and stability
- Place your butt in the seat as fast as you can
- Always wear your life jacket
Get in Kayak
- Entering a kayak from uneven shorelines is tricky; however, the process is much the same.
- Line the boat parallel to the shore first.
- Use the paddle to stabilize. Place it 90-degrees across the back, behind the seat of the kayak. Make sure half the paddle touches the shore as the other half rests on the kayak.
- Rest on the side of the paddle that’s on the shore.
- Transfer your feet into your boat as these are the first part to enter your kayak.
- Grab the paddle and shimmy toward the kayak.
- Move your butt to the seat. Keep your center of gravity low and enter quickly.
Get Out of a Kayak
- Paddle your kayak to the shore and facing perpendicular
- Place your paddle right behind your seat so it’s perpendicular to your kayak.
- Remove your feet out of your kayak, turn and face the back of the kayak.
- Place your hands on the paddle
- Next, push to stand up using the paddle
- Twist so your shoulders end up over your hands
- Grab the paddle and pull your kayak from the water.
How Do You Get Back into a Kayak After Capsizing?
Getting in your kayak after you’re in the water is more challenging than entering from the shore.
The principal thing to learn after falling from your kayak is to stay as calm as possible. It shouldn’t matter if you are in deep water or on a river; you should know how to deal with the situation. (Find Out How Many Calories Burned Kayaking)
Try not fighting the water and trying to get ashore as fast as possible if you can’t get hold of your kayak.
If you get your kayak after falling out, then getting back in should be fairly simple.
- Secure your paddle to keep it out of way. You can keep the paddle
floating close by or fasten it to the bungees on your kayak.
- Move toward the back of your kayak, as you’ll have more balance and a reduced chance to rock your kayak if accessing from behind the seat.
- Facing your kayak, reach across the boat with both hands—Ready yourself to lunge to the top of your kayak.
- As you kick, thrust your stomach onto the top of your kayak. It would be best if you now lay on the boat as your face and feet hover over the water.
- Sit up and straddle your kayak. If you keep your weight and body low, the more stability, you’ll have.
- Shuffle toward your seat. Here, your feet should be in the water, so you can use them to help kick forward a little at a time.
- Once your butt reaches your seat, place one foot in your kayak and then the other.
Get Back in a Capsizing Kayak
- If you flipped your sit on top kayak, the first, and one important thing is to find your paddle. Once you have this, it’s time to get back into your kayak.
- Line up horizontal to your boat and lunge forward to grab the opposite side of the boat.
- Pull towards you so the bottom of the boat will face the sky.
- Flip it back using your body weight.
- Grab hold of your kayak for help and put the paddle in. Once your kayak is back in the regular position, it won’t sink.
- Line up close to the seat.
- Position one hand to the side of the kayak closest to you, and one hand level on the other side. If you can’t reach it, grab the seat or handle.
- Lunge yourself into the boat as you kick hard to help up out of the water.
- With one hand on either side of the kayak, pull up onto the boat. You will now lay across your kayak, and your stomach by the seat. Swing your legs so one is on either side
- Once stable, switch from your belly to your butt.
Is Kayaking Hard on the Back?
Do you ever wonder how much you can kayak without hurting your back? It’s easy to push too hard when you paddle through a beautiful environment. Most people kayak for health and relax, so the last thing is to hurt yourself where you can’t enjoy your favorite activity. (Find the Best Kayaks For Dogs)
You may be unaware that kayaking doesn’t lead to back injuries, and after you learn how to paddle, it can improve your back’s strength and flexibility.
You can hear of “yak back,” which is the term for lower back pain and stiffness developing after a long day on the water. Sitting correctly rectifies this, and it goes without needing any care.
Is it Hard to Get in and Out of a Kayak?
Once your kayak flips and you end up making a wet exit, you have options to think about before you proceed. First is how you will get back into your kayak.
You can find various ways for entering a sit-inside kayak; one popular technique is called back deck re-entry, which is the easiest method you can see in our step-by-step method to re-enter a sit-inside kayak. (Learn How To Get Out Of A Kayak With Bad Knees)
To practice, do so in deep water, so it is like your kayak flipped on you. The best place to practice back deck re-entry is in deep water, which will cover your head, yet you can still touch the bottom with your toes.
- Your kayak should face right side up. If not, flip your kayak, so it is.
- Grab the far side of the cockpit with one hand and the close side with the other
- While you balance your kayak, pull yourself across the cockpit opening
- If your kayak leans towards you, fall back to keep it right side up
- As you lay across your kayak, turn yourself, so your butt falls in the cockpit and your arms and legs outside.
- Place your hands to balance your kayak as you swing your legs over to the top of the bow.
- Place hands behind your cockpit to raise yourself and sit at the rear of the cockpit.
- Put one leg inside the cockpit, followed by the other.
- When both legs are side, you can slide inside.