Launching your kayak from a rough shore or in rough weather conditions can be difficult and even dangerous if you don’t know what to do. But if you follow these steps, with a little practice you will learn how to launch a kayak safely anytime and anywhere.
How to launch a kayak
1) Position your boat
First, put your kayak completely in the water. Then position your boat away from the rocky shore and pointed into the wind.
2) Get seated
Next, sit on the back deck of the boat, so you can slide down and be fully seated inside the boat.
3) Swing your legs in
Once seated, bring your legs inside the boat. Then paddle the boat to an area that you can safely attach your sprayskirt.
Video: How to launch a kayak in rough conditions
For a more in-depth demonstration, instructor Steve Ruskay joins us from Black Feather Adventures near Parry Sound, Ontario. From the waters of the Georgian Bay Biosphere Reserve he demonstrates how to launch a kayak from a rough shore or in rough conditions.
Watch the video below: