Deep water reentry is something that every kayaker should practice from time to time. It will build your confidence in your abilities and in your kayak. It is good to push your kayak to its limits and beyond so that you know what the boat is capable of before you get in a ticklish situation. For this “practice session” we wanted to completely flip the boat to show the proper way to right the Cuda if you find yourself in this situation.
Pulling yourself up onto the hull of the boat is the easiest way to right a flipped kayak. If you try to flip it by pushing up on the hull you will just push yourself deeper in the water. By kicking your feet and pulling up with your hands in the scupper holes you can reach across the hull to the far side.
After grabbing the far side of the boat it is only a matter of letting your body weight fall back in the water and it will roll the kayak for even the lightest of paddlers.
Now making the same kick and pull movement you can get your torso up on the deck of the kayak. The Cuda’s center hatch adds a little bit of a challenge but it also gives you another place to grip if needed.
The goal is to get your body, as much of it as you can, on the deck of the Cuda and keep your center of gravity low and centered over the middle of the boat.
Once you are centered and can ease your way back into your seat, being careful to keep your center of gravity in the center line of the boat.
Don’t wait till it is a necessity to try this technique. Right now while the water is warm get out there and practice. If for nothing else, it is a good excuse to get out in your kayak .