Kayaking Expert Advice: How to Get Into a Kayak

Katie from the REI Outdoor Schools shows how to get in and out of your kayak from a dock and from the beach.

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Katie from the REI Outdoor Schools shows how to get in and out of your kayak from a dock and from the beach.

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Just a Question
Just a Question - 3 years ago
3:53 is the only launch that makes sense
Rolando Perez
Rolando Perez - 4 years ago
Fail to mention that to Make sure the handle of your spray skirt is out in case you need to wet exit
Mark B
Mark B - 3 years ago
She did mention to keep the spray skirt loop out. Check at about 3:10 in.
DJMichaelAngelo
DJMichaelAngelo - 4 years ago
Now if only there was a "how to" video for getting into a kayak on my river frontage where there's no dock, no beach, no sand, just rocks....these basketball-sized stones that make up the "shore" -- I always struggle greatly entering & exiting the kayak :(
Jax r
Jax r - 3 years ago
DJMichaelAngelo  Kinda like this but works much better with water.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_YXEQ8JTprQ
DJMichaelAngelo
DJMichaelAngelo - 3 years ago
thanks, I'll have to try that
Jax r
Jax r - 3 years ago
Is there an embankment with a short drop. Get in the kayak on the edge of the embankment then drop the front of the boat into the water. From memory this is the easiest entry method of all once you get the hang of it.
Billy Smith
Billy Smith - 4 years ago
Just get in the damn boat and paddle.
musc507
musc507 - 4 years ago
Hilariously overcomplicated, thanks for the laugh
Nobody
Nobody - 4 years ago
Now do it on a oyster covered beach.
iviewthetube
iviewthetube - 4 years ago
OK method for four to five foot surf waves.
Brian Myers
Brian Myers - 3 years ago
iviewthetube.................when you find it, send a link!
AG Coarseman
AG Coarseman - 4 years ago
That looks clumsy and undignified. Surely there is a more gracious way LOL
Mike Ratkowski
Mike Ratkowski - 4 years ago
All the phony outrage, lighten up and paddle people.

10. comment for Kayaking Expert Advice: How to Get Into a Kayak

Benny Forthwith
Benny Forthwith - 4 years ago
Too complicated and impractical. If you're launching from a shallow beach, why not just pull the kayak into the water and get in?? I do that on my shoreline.
Mike Hirst
Mike Hirst - 4 years ago
200lb on the paddle shaft ...... hmm
Todd Bickerstaff
Todd Bickerstaff - 4 years ago
I’d not place the shaft on the rear end....there is a breaking point for everyone.
Simon
Simon - 4 years ago
Terrible and amateurish
brett tran
brett tran - 4 years ago
If you're on a flat, beachy shore...just get in the damn kayak.
Robert Heidersbach
Robert Heidersbach - 4 years ago
Definitely a good point to remember. You don't want to capsize the boat!
Philip Cronin
Philip Cronin - 4 years ago
OXEN2013 I agree spent 200 on my paddle, not about to use it as a sitting stick
OMGWTFLOL
OMGWTFLOL - 5 years ago
I've never gotten into my kayak on the beach like this. I put the boat in the water, I put the paddle on the boat, I grab the coaming on both sides to keep the boat stable, then slip inside quickly. I guess if you have a skinny unstable boat, it may be a bit challenging, but it just takes a bit of practice.
GoodRedBlackRatio
GoodRedBlackRatio - 5 years ago
This looks hilarious and awkward, maybe it's right, it's the first vid on this I've watched - but I'm going to look for other vids... before I have to do it this way...
tranquility
tranquility - 5 years ago
The easiest way to get in your boat is to straddle it, bend your knees, and lower your legs and bum into the boat. All that other crap is a lot harder than it has to be.

20. comment for Kayaking Expert Advice: How to Get Into a Kayak

Charley Kemp
Charley Kemp - 5 years ago
I am shocked that REI puts out this stuff! No way to treat a boat or paddle.
rasmusdj6878
rasmusdj6878 - 4 years ago
Agree, 02:26 - goodbye paddle!
Anton Bouchette
Anton Bouchette - 5 years ago
Nice scratching of the hull........no thanks.
tranquility
tranquility - 5 years ago
Anton Bouchette exactly, esp hard if you have a fiberglass boat. Ridiculous.
Nicky L
Nicky L - 5 years ago
I live on the Gulf Coast of Florida and I built a " T" shaped launching handle out of 1" schedule 40 PVC
You will need
PVC cement
10' of PVC
1 T connector
and
3 end caps
After you've determined the sizes
Glue the horizontal arms to the T
Do not glue the vertical leg
Glue all end caps
assemble
and push back from the shore
Once on the water
disassemble and stow
PVC is cheap
Paddles are not
Douglas Breyfogle
Douglas Breyfogle - 5 years ago
NOT GOOD at ALL , put the kayak in the water. Hard on the kayak and the padel
OMGWTFLOL
OMGWTFLOL - 5 years ago
Hard on?
Anton Bouchette
Anton Bouchette - 5 years ago
Hard on the PADDLE also.

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