Review of video: Sea Kayak Rescues
Speed and proficiency is the key to a good T-Rescue in kayaking. It’s best to get the casualty out of the water as quickly as possible to avoid more problems and dangers such as hypothermia, separation from boat and gear, and dangerous obstacles.
Clearly, objectives of this video were conceived before the video was made. As defined on their website, Shawna and Leon successfully made their goals: “ To create a visually exciting instructional film”, “To show current rescue techniques that work in a wide range of conditions that are actually shown in those conditions” and “To use current coaching methodology to set a new standard in instructional films”.
They nailed it spot on. They created a video that was exciting to watch, uses catchy music, placid and tension filled scenes as well as a flavor of their own delightful, yet professional personalities.
To me, the main key of this video is the demonstration of current techniques that are applicable in all settings, calm or vigorous water. Not too oddly, the procedure of T-rescue has taken a slightly new form in recent years and in my observation, there has been a slow change of the kayak community in the Midwest to come around to this way of thinking. All industries, kayaking included, need to have periodic standards updates (newer, better ways of doing the same old thing). Through peer review and very much experience teaching, a few changes have been made to improve T-rescue practice, and Body Boat Blade International brings this out in their video.
When is the best time to view this video? All the time. Each time you see it, you’ll pick up another tip. As your skills improve in all aspects of kayaking, you’ll find yourself in different situations. This video will give you new insights on how to handle rescues in a variety of situations. As an instructor, I also like to review this video prior to teaching a rescues class.
- buy this video and watch it immediately
- take classes and training in rescues
- practice, practice, practice
My only regret is that the awesome slides Shawna and Leon use for their talk on this topic aren’t included. If you have the opportunity to see them deliver this topic, do anything you can to get there; even if it means stealing your grandmother’s mule.