There are several reasons for towing when sea kayaking:

  • Getting a sick or injured paddler back to shore.
  • Assisting a paddler who is in trouble on the water by towing them away from danger.
  • When a paddler has lost or broken their paddle.
  • Assisting a slower paddler, especially if the group is under time pressure e.g. from impending darkness or a storm.

In an emergency situation the best towing method is the one that gets the paddler away from the source of danger quickly.

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Common Mistakes

Common mistakes include: 

  • Connecting the tow line to an inappropriate tow point.
  • Clipping the carabiner up the wrong way so it undoes as soon as it is pulled. Use an upward movement when attaching a carabiner to a deckline.
  • Not maintaining visual or audio contact between the person towing and the person being towed. 
  • Not monitoring the tow line itself.
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