Assisted Rescue

The assisted rescue is used to help another kayaker re-enter their kayak after a capsize. A good rescue is efficient, with no injuries or damaged equipment. 

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As a rescuer, make quick assessments when someone falls in: 

  • Check for dangers to yourself, others and the kayaker in the water (the swimmer).
  • Check that the swimmer has safely exited the kayak and surfaced holding their kayak and paddle.
  • Alert others in your group to stop and be prepared to assist.
  • Talk with the swimmer as you approach, to check they are OK. Tell them "hold onto your kayak and paddle". Reassure them.
  • Decide how quickly they need to get back into the kayak, and the best way of doing so.
  • Approach the kayak carefully, avoiding collision with the swimmer or their kayak.  


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