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How to empty water out of the kayak
If you’re learning how to empty water out of the kayak, make sure you realize that there is more than one opportunity to do it.
If you’ve ever been on the sea before, you know that it is not always possible to determine what the waves are going to do from one minute to the next. Plus, even when you are pretty sure that you know what is going to happen in the next few minutes, the waves are still dangerous, and can cause some serious problems. One problem that a lot of kayakers end up having is that they sometimes end up with a lot of water in their kayak.
If this ever happens to you, then you will probably be trying to figure out how to empty water out of your kayak. One of the easiest ways, if you are on land, is just to tip the kayak over, and let the water drain out over the side. However, this is only feasible if you are near enough to the shore that you can just bring your kayak to shore and get the water out of it there.
Since this might not always be the case, there are a few other methods that you should learn while you are kayaking. The first method is just to have an assisting friend in a kayak drain yours before you get back in. This is a quick method as far as getting the water out of the kayak ( and once you are back in the kayak, you’ll be ready to move). However, in rough situations, this might actually be a dangerous method to use. For instance, in very rough water, it is always possible that it could cause the other kayak to capsize. The other problem is that if you are in very cold water, this method might not be the best option, since it forces the person with the capsized kayak to stay in the water for longer.
Another method is just to get the kayaker back into his or her kayak, and then to pump the water out. Granted, this method will require that you invest in a kayak pump, but you should be able to get one of these for relatively cheap at almost any store that sells kayaking equipment.
If you are helping the other person to get back into his or her kayak, then you should always make sure that you are able to hold the other kayak steady. Otherwise, this will be much harder than it ought to be, and you might even be putting yourself into danger.
Of the two methods usually used in the water, the better method is probably to get back into your kayak and then pump out the water.
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