Sea Kayak Self Rescue - The Ladder

Leo demonstrates The Ladder self rescue in a sea kayak. From the DVD Sea Kayak Safety by - co directed and produced by Leo.

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Leo demonstrates The Ladder self rescue in a sea kayak. From the DVD Sea Kayak Safety by - co directed and produced by Leo.

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Slavko Pekaric
Slavko Pekaric - 6 years ago
Great self-rescue skills! Btw, is that an Aquarius Trek kayak? Looks a lot like it, if not, it's very similar...
Игорь Кудрявцев
Игорь Кудрявцев - 6 years ago
bowrudder - 6 years ago
A.k.a. cowboy scramble.
tomytron1 - 6 years ago
Nice to see an actual demo in real conditions
THE Gramma Chronicles
THE Gramma Chronicles - 6 years ago
WOW! Yet another reason I only kayak on lakes LOL
sierra mk
sierra mk - 7 years ago
i have tried this technique. ineffective if the boat is a crossover too wide at the back. rolling and heel hook is better.
Chris - 7 years ago
how the heck did the paddle stay in place? !
Nicky L
Nicky L - 7 years ago
If  you  slow  it  down  to .25   and go  to  : 45  you can see that there is a paddle leash  in use
fasignal - 7 years ago
way to go
Joe Doe
Joe Doe - 7 years ago
but will it work in rough water? lol Great video.
Lance Smith
Lance Smith - 6 years ago

10. comment for Sea Kayak Self Rescue - The Ladder

frokostjuicen - 7 years ago
just what i was looking for. great post. impressive skills!!!!!!!
GulfCoastGirl5 - 7 years ago
Pretty gd impressive man! I would have been shitting myself and crying for mommy :P
Nicky L
Nicky L - 7 years ago
Maybe it's bc I  live  next  to  the  Gulf  of  Mexico  that  I always have a snorkeling  kit  (  snorkel  ,  mask  , swim  fins  )  in  my  hold Self  -rescues  and /or long  tows are so  much easier  when wearing  swim  fins In addition  I have grab handles  mounted immediately  fore and aft  of my  cockpit  and installed  perpendicular to  the  long axis of  my hull
Iam free
Iam free - 7 years ago
You better keep a good hold on that kayak or you will be swimming across the ocean. Good to see a video in the conditions I go in. I have para cord all around the deck and my 16ft ocean kayak can haul 425 lbs so you could ladder a whale on it. I always keep my back deck clean of anything so I can back mount into the cock pit easily. I carry nothing except safety stuff and nothing in the cockpit itself.
Todd Harvey
Todd Harvey - 7 years ago
Capsized on lake yesterday! Now I know what to do.but, cheap rec kayak, so will bring a bailing cup next time. The 300 yd swim pulling the kayak was draining.
Keith Parrish
Keith Parrish - 8 years ago
Ddnt even know that as possible! thanks!!
Becky - 8 years ago
Rubén Darío Ríos Silva
Rubén Darío Ríos Silva - 8 years ago
Ahora que estoy iniciándome en este mundillo del kayak con el Club Kayak Vigo,  ole ole y ole a este artista que demuestra en situaciones reales como hay que volver a subirse al kayak en una situación real y fastidiada. A mi me queda aprender esto en aguas tranquilas jejeje
Richard Wells
Richard Wells - 8 years ago
Thank you, nice see it in 'real' conditions.
McTraveler - 8 years ago
I practiced this on a calm river until I was exhausted (my sister too). My bungee cord plastic little thing over my latch was scraping our legs BAD. in life/death who cares, but made all out attempts painful. This girl needs more upper body strength to make it rest of way in the yak. Great job!

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Shunto99 - 8 years ago
not on my best day... nice going man!
Irony Itch
Irony Itch - 8 years ago
Impressive!!! Great demonstration, given the fact that its done in a dynamic waters. :) I havent try this one yet, next on my list! Obviously, a secure line for a paddle is a good idea ...
Nick Davis
Nick Davis - 9 years ago
This is much more appealing to watch then that fat red head guy on Tosh.0 who couldn't do this people just love to hate don't they
Pablo Enrique Tirabassi
Pablo Enrique Tirabassi - 9 years ago
Wow !!
FLiTVnetwork - 9 years ago
one bad dude..
Joseph Saeteurn
Joseph Saeteurn - 9 years ago
indeed nice self rescue. just like everything the more you practice the better you will get so get out there and practice
santacruzer - 9 years ago
nice example in actual conditions we see.
Agnieszka B
Agnieszka B - 9 years ago
Nice done - thank you. I do kayak -- however I am not good swimmer so your video shows me how to rescue my self ;) Thank you.
emmanuel cachia
emmanuel cachia - 9 years ago
good one
evolve749 - 9 years ago
Could this be done in a rec kayak?  I'm thinking the added width might make it difficult.
Severin Piper
Severin Piper - 8 years ago
A recreational kayak does not have the bulkheads that sea kayaks do. Many recreational kayaks have a bulked only in the stern (back) of the boat. If you want to flip a recreational kayak, you need to make sure there is floatation at both ends so that either the entire kayak does not sink, or one end does not sink while the other end sticks up like a needle above the water.
Ÿ ^_^ łô
Ÿ ^_^ łô - 9 years ago
Take it to a lake and give it a shot

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Paul Morgan
Paul Morgan - 9 years ago
brettcorrea77 - 9 years ago
This video pisses me off. I can barely self rescue on a lake. I have a sea kayak, and it feels much more stable in waves so maybe that would help. Great job love seeing people do this so easy, it gives me hope.
Andrew Macdonald
Andrew Macdonald - 9 years ago
Wow...he made that look easy. I take it the paddle is on a leash.
Sameman0 - 10 years ago
Very brave boy, does not afraid sharks...
John Carroll
John Carroll - 10 years ago
Brilliant little video, done in pretty difficult conditions. I couldn't do it training in a swimming pool, must practice.
TheMrfox5000 - 10 years ago
Nice job. Could be hard to stay calm in those type of conditions
RoadCasted - 10 years ago
Ray Watson
Ray Watson - 10 years ago
Nice to see a real life open sea situation, And of course you had a foot operated pump to get rid of any water taken on board. Most plastic production boats have no bulkheads to minimize flooding, and no pumps. Vale William McCallum, 27, from Adelaide, who was lost at sea from his kayak, off Dover, Tasmania, Australia . August 2013, gifted artist, musician. Stay safe everyone.
aircanuck - 10 years ago
I tried this reentry with my boat, but it has a rudder. Now I can't have babies.
Romany1111 - 10 years ago
Good re-entry. Usually call that a "Cowboy" entry in the States. What are you securing your paddle to? Didn't see a tether on it....
AnEssentialQuality - 10 years ago
I love the way the swell calmed just as you entered the kayak. Almost like the sea was saying, "Oh this guy is no mug, let's give him a break!" :-) Great technique, well demonstrated in real world conditions. Thank you.
Nick Henton
Nick Henton - 10 years ago
nice job-real world type conditions
John Coulbourn
John Coulbourn - 10 years ago
Nice move. It's probably easier doing that with the wave action than it would be in a pool.
Michael James Rowland
Michael James Rowland - 10 years ago
I agree with jmpurser, good to see it done in challenging conditions. Thanks.
claudio franco
claudio franco - 10 years ago
este tipo es un recapo!!
Dantastic - 10 years ago
Awesome technique. I wouldn't have thought to flip it over from one end like that to avoid filling the boat with water.
DracoDewey - 10 years ago
HATS OFF YO YOU!! WOW! I struggled with this method of self rescue a lot when we were in a calm pool during our certification. THe fact that you can do this that quickly shows a lot of skill!
vivitar45 - 10 years ago
might help to losse some waight be easyer to get back in and the boat not so low in the water
AlpenViews - 10 years ago
If you don't have a leash, run the paddle forward under the bow lines.
PaddleDogC5 - 10 years ago
I have a CD Nomad with a small 15.5" x 29" cockpit and it would be impossible for me to d with my size 6' 225 lb My Solstice may be.
Fred van Viegen
Fred van Viegen - 6 years ago
Valley Nordkapp ocean cockpit. I'm 6,23 feet, this won't work for my either. I guess with my length this wouldn't even be possible with a larger cockpit!

50. comment for Sea Kayak Self Rescue - The Ladder

PaddleDogC5 - 10 years ago
I think this is the only real world rescue on you tube. Others are just flat water BS.
goev1390 - 11 years ago
It will if you have it in a paddle leash I guess.
Al Kaholic
Al Kaholic - 11 years ago
Great to see it done in real life sea conditions not a pool or calm lake. I notice that rather than letting the waves be a hinderance, it appears you're using them to your advantage - climbing forward in sync with the waves and using their momentum to lift you forward. (Looks that way to me anyway.) Great demonstration!
Al Kaholic
Al Kaholic - 11 years ago
True. The tutorials in a pool or calm lake are better than nothing, but while watching I always wonder how practical they'd be in a choppy sea and whether you'd be able to manage it at all. Much better to see a real life demonstration!
iviewthetube - 11 years ago
This is definitely one of the most impressive kayak re-entries on YouTube. Just one question: Will a paddle usually stay put under the boat like that?
Antonius Carbonius
Antonius Carbonius - 11 years ago
Try to do it when fully loaded
Antonius Carbonius
Antonius Carbonius - 11 years ago
Try d
glass house
glass house - 11 years ago
hahahaha!! me too!..How I wonder!
mike gill
mike gill - 11 years ago
Very well done!!!, but PLEASE SEA KAYAKERS!!!!! NEVER LET GO OF YOUR PADDLE!!!! And you don't need a paddle leash, that is substituting equipment for skill, okay.. bring an extra paddle ... and then it's okay!!
Kakashi101sensi - 11 years ago
That must be ethe\ier a very peaceful moment in the face of danger, or extremely tiring and scary with the waves just comming, and comming.
jmpurser - 12 years ago
Nice. I also appreciate seeing a recovery done in water conditions that might actually case a recovery to be necessary! Usually they're in a pool or on flat calm water and I wonder how they fell out in the first place. Thank you.
Soul Daddy
Soul Daddy - 12 years ago
too rough for my taste/ nice demo tho
iviewthetube - 12 years ago
@ladedk For sure. If you are going to go over it is likely that you are going to go over when there are waves like this.
Happy Angler
Happy Angler - 12 years ago
Thanks for the tips, I think I could actually do that. Time to practice !
PaddleDogC5 - 12 years ago
to bad this is the only video of self rescue in some rough water I have seen even in videos I have bought. Thanks for real life video and your great skills.
Racing Singles
Racing Singles - 12 years ago
William Jones
William Jones - 12 years ago
you got me there
William Jones
William Jones - 12 years ago
@WALSTEADH0USE You're adorable
William Jones
William Jones - 12 years ago
@WALSTEADH0USE It's a Mayan Seas Performa L. I have surfed all my life, so standing on water-borne vessels is not a problem. Do you have a special process for getting out of your bathtub too? : )
DENMONKEY - 12 years ago
PhotoArt Showcase
PhotoArt Showcase - 12 years ago
Outstanding and memorable, thank you.
shirleymae30 - 12 years ago
Nice manuver to get back in the kayak. For some others ways to reboard and a lot of other great info, check out the video "practical kayaking", by dolphins eye productions. ( I am not a kayaker, but i am actually in a small part of the movie, discussing the dangers of hypothermia). It was a good video that all kayakers should watch.
William Jones
William Jones - 12 years ago
You don't have to make it so complicated. You can turn the boat over from the middle. You can also climb in straight over the rail into the cockpit. Just use common sense. It's like the old dictum "NEVER STAND IN A CANOE!" I stand in my canoe and kayak all the time while taking photos. I have this thing called "balance."
NilezII - 12 years ago
Isn't it amazing how much more stable the kayak seems once he actually gets IN the cockpit? I tried this today-it felt really wobbly when I was on TOP of the rear deck.
NilezII - 12 years ago
When I've done the "emptying" part, I do bob under a little, but my 'yak does flip easily with a wrist flick, and all but about 2" of water falls out, unlike a reenrty & roll, where the cockpit is almost 1/2 full of water.
richardmilk - 13 years ago
@BigDsKayaking the easiest way to have the paddle secure is to have a little rope with a snap hook or something in your kayak where you can easily attach the paddle to the hook in these circumstances. Not sure if the guy used this though.
Don Thompson
Don Thompson - 13 years ago
How does the paddle stay where you want it to?
DENMONKEY - 13 years ago
I just purchased a couple of SOT kayaks and plan on taking friends out for a day paddling. To go with me though they will need to do 2 thing first, put on the pfd I provide them and get themselves back onto the yak 3 times successfully whilst in the water near the shore. If they can't or won't do these things, then I'm afraid they won't be coming with me :(
wwwtotalitaerde - 13 years ago
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John Dickson
John Dickson - 13 years ago
Thank you ! Life saving clip
Kaydo G
Kaydo G - 13 years ago
@73mandala And you know it can change in an instant you know all the skills and everything u need to know to survive and you shouldn't go out if you don't
Kaydo G
Kaydo G - 13 years ago
@73mandala I don't think any one wud have gone out into bad conditions where they cud die without all the knowledge needed..
dinnerandashow - 13 years ago
One person didn't want you to survive.
Audiolaboratory - 13 years ago
When my kayak flips, I can never seem to get it upright again without it scooping up a ton of water.
Big Back
Big Back - 13 years ago
wow nice
robert gillies
robert gillies - 13 years ago
@ripazhakgggdkp notice how he purposely used both arms to lift the bow clear of the water. This drained the cockpit water while the bow was stood up over his head, and then a quick flip as he set the kayak down right side up. I'd make sure during self rescue training that a person would practice this with items inside the bulkheads you'd expect to be carrying so you know your physical strength at lifting the bow overhead.
robert gillies
robert gillies - 13 years ago
Nice example for us beginners to see what it's really like in the environs other than a pool or placid lake. This demo also makes one think of how having "stuff" bungee or strapped to the top deck can pose a possible snag against clambering up the "ladder". Thanks for sharing.
BlackJackzOO - 13 years ago
wow! what a video! I'm going to be doing some ocean kayaking in extremely mild conditions. Nice to see this video- now to practice it in the lake before heading out!
rory sutherland
rory sutherland - 13 years ago
lol, if youre good enough to do that in those conditions, I doubt you would blow your roll! great video- In the next one could we see it done only using one arm? :)
ripazhakgggdkp - 14 years ago
The only thing i do not understand, is how was all the water drained from the inside of the kayak?
theninja001 - 14 years ago
@NLKayaker i would stick the paddle through the straps on the deck
NLKayaker - 14 years ago
Not sure that I would just let my paddle go - like in this video. There's no use of a paddle leash so he's only relying on the boat to "trap" the paddle, I'd hold the paddle in my hands and, when I'm ready to drop my @rse into the cockpit, I'd have the paddle ready for a brace!! This is obviously not the "be all and end all" videos on how to do a scramble rescue!!
Alex McGruer
Alex McGruer - 14 years ago
Nice video. This deserves practice... I have become far to reliant on my roll. I found that out on January first in frigid water (on purpose) then again in a swim pool last night.
Dennis Barnes
Dennis Barnes - 14 years ago
Great skill very well executed.
orkcooper - 14 years ago
@787tommyt Bull! most of the females I know can do this better than re-entry roll. nothing to do with strength! huge cockpit like his helps right enough. better of bombproofing your roll, if you ever come out of your boat conditions mean self rescue is pretty near impossible..
Jersey Kayak Adventures
Jersey Kayak Adventures - 14 years ago
Good video. It is a technique you need to practice to make it as slick as this.
assanyuri - 14 years ago
molto bravo. Io personalmente avrei incastrato la pagaia sotto una cima di prua, in primo luogo per non perderla ed in secondo per aumentare la stabilità.
Thomas Grove
Thomas Grove - 14 years ago
he made that look so easy when as i found out the other day it is not
gruuz - 14 years ago
bravo, the keyhole cockpit help is thi case. I never suceed empying my kayak like Leo. It stay stuck to the water...
ladedk - 14 years ago
For once a rescue technique is actually shown in real life conditions.

100. comment for Sea Kayak Self Rescue - The Ladder

Harley Lewin
Harley Lewin - 14 years ago
pretty good to demo how to cowboy reentry but you better have one large cockpit to drop in that way esp. with the boots on. For me, I'd rather roll and if that fails, loop a foot in the boat (right side up), get the balloon on the paddle then flip the boat over me and do a quick reentry roll. You better be really lucky and highly skilled to do a cowboy entry with the winds and waves we face off of Maine
787tommyt - 14 years ago
Nicely done. Good technique if you have the right boat (low aft deck, no rudder, nothing tied on aft deck), if you are strong enough (this eliminates all of the ladies of our paddling group), and the seas cooperate (in our 29 years of paddling, this would not have worked in any of the few instances we personally know of that caused a dump to occur). Good to add this to ones repertoire. Like all techniques, make sure you practice them in as close to real conditions as possible. Thanks again.
qazwas2001 - 14 years ago
I've wanted to see a self-rescue in less than ideal water. Well done.
souldaughter18 - 14 years ago
a tip from experience, dont try that one with bare legs!
Alex Larson
Alex Larson - 14 years ago
excellent technique! Thanks for posting. I was only aware of the standard paddle float technique.
Donald Perley
Donald Perley - 14 years ago
I'm a fan of re-enter and roll too. How does this guy lift a kayak (with some water in it) to arm's length overhead, unless maybe he can stand on the bottom? For sure you don't get much kicking power wearing mucklucks.
MetaView7 - 15 years ago
I am getting sea sick watching it.
Key2Be - 15 years ago
Yes this is my favourite way aswell. Fumbling with a paddle float can be very time and energy consuming.
Karl Geisel
Karl Geisel - 15 years ago
Most people can't lift the bow that high in the water on their own. Why empty the boat? The cockpit gets filled up over the next 5 waves that hit the boat! This rescue might be worth a try if you're paddling solo, but I doubt your average paddler would physically be able to perform it.
WillForsberg - 15 years ago
I like it... I climb up from the back too as long as the boat doesn't have a rudder which will castrate you...or a bunch of gear tied on the back deck. Another good reason to not have a rudder or carry stuff on your rear (rescue platform) deck.
Todd Mitchell
Todd Mitchell - 15 years ago
Is the paddle tied someway to the boat? Is the paddle placed under the boat in this way so it can be recovered once seated?
njridergus - 15 years ago
thats a reckless sea out there

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