Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : Getting Out of Kayak at the Dock

Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : Getting Out of Kayak at the Dock


We’re about to talk about how to get out of
your kayak at the dock. So first thing I want to do, I’m done paddling, but I want to make
sure my paddle stays with me near the kayak just in case I have trouble getting out of
the kayak, I want to be able to grab my paddle in case I have to paddle back over to the
dock. So I want to put the paddle behind me, still on the boat, and on the dock, just like
we got in, that way if I have a problem, I can grab the paddle. Next thing I want to
do is put both hands on the dock like this, and I’m going to get just like I’m in a push
up position. So what I want to do is get the weight of my chest and my head over the dock
like this and see, if you look at my legs right now, I want to pull my knees towards
my chest because that’s holding the boat to me. If I push away on my legs, the boat ends
up going away from the dock, and then there’s a good chance I can go swimming. So what I
want to do is pull my knees to my chest again, just like when we were getting in the boat,
and then I just want to roll out of the boat like this, nice and easy, and I’m out of the
boat, I didn’t take a swim, and everything’s good.

4 thoughts on “Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : Getting Out of Kayak at the Dock

  • April 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm
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    Loved your videos on in and out at the dock, have a question though. If you have a little bit of light, small line, can't you just tie off to the dock to insure you don't accidentally push the boat out. I understand good form is still a smart idea, but more of as a precaution?

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  • August 22, 2013 at 12:04 pm
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    Thanks for the pointer! 🙂

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  • July 11, 2018 at 3:36 am
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    What if there is no dock? Say just a boat ramp or simply a grassy shore?

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  • September 9, 2018 at 8:25 pm
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    My dad has invented and patented the kayaarm and kayaleg. The kayaarm is specifically designed to make getting in and out of a kayak safely at a dock. we have shipped over 1300 world wide with many customers sending us testimonials describing how well it works in their own words.
    The kayaleg is designed to make getting in and out of your kayak from the shore very easy by stabilizing the kayak and improving the biomechanics, allowing you to lean forward vs backwards like the traditional paddle bridge technique . Not only does it make getting in and out of your kayak easier from the shore it makes getting back into your kayak from the water very easily. On our website you can see a videos of both the kayaarm and kayaleg including one of my dad the 79 year old inventor getting in and out of his kayak in the middle of the lake. Check out our video at www.kayaarm.com we would be interested in your comments.

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