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Deep water reentry in the Jackson Coosa

Just like it was stated in the deep water Cuda reentry article, 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. Again, for this “practice session”, we wanted to completely flip the boat to show the proper way to right it 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 Coosa is a very easy boat to get back into , the wide open deck makes reentry a breeze.

The goal is to get your body, as much of it as you can, on the deck of the Coosa 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.

Again , like it was stated in the Cuda article, don’t wait till it is a necessity to try this technique. Right now while the water is warm get out there and practice.