Sea Kayaker Magazine Article Now on This Web Site

The copyright of the Sea Kayaker Magazine article has now reverted to me so the full article as published in the magazine and on the web site is now available on this site. See the Pages section for the link.

Bow Roll Rescue Published in Sea Kayaker Magazine

The full story of the development of the Bow Roll Rescue along with detailed instructions and pictures showing how to perform it has been published in Sea Kayaker Magazine. The October 2007 issue containing the article is available at kayak shops and newsstands now and is also available directly through Get the magazine and read all about it today.

Using Bow Roll Rescue to aid hand-of-god or Bow Roll Rescue

Already I have an email from Jim Tibensky with the following suggestions:

1. If someone is attempting a hand of God rescue and another boater is nearby, they should be encouraged to do the bow (or stern) roll rescue as an aid.

2. Likewise, if someone is near by a bow rescue, they can grab the stern and assist by just grabbing and twisting.

Christopher Cunningham, editor of Sea Kayaker Magazine, commented:

At first glance there would be a problem with having the assist if approached from the wrong side. The technique you describe is either left or right handed. If you approach to help out you may be coming in with the wrong hand. It seems possible to assist with the wrong handed side, but that would require describing a variation on the technique.

My thoughts:

I think both Jim and Chris have some good points. Certainly the Bow Roll Rescue could be used to assist a hand-of-god rescue but it would require some attention to the side of approach. As Chris notes, the Bow Roll Rescue is done right or left sided, with roll direction determined by side of rescue. To properly assist a hand-of-god rescue the Bow Roll rescuer would need to approach the inverted kayak so their back was to the hand-of-god rescuer. Assisting someone performing a Bow Roll Rescue on one end of an inverted kayak by approaching to do a simultaneous Bow Roll Rescue on the other end requires the two rescuers to be facing in the same direction. These may be simple requirements in theory and probably something an experienced paddler like Jim could figure out on the move, but my recommendation would be for anyone desiring to use the Bow Roll Rescue as an assist to practice it as an assist many times, planned and unplanned, to be certain the decision on approach direction is always correct and comes without much pondering.

Videos of Bow Roll Rescue in Action

These videos show the Bow Roll Rescue being performed from different angles. Read the full article in September issue of Sea Kayaker Magazine to get details of the technique. Then check out these videos to see it in action.

Video 1 – View from bow of rescued kayak

Video 2 – Closer view from side and then bow of rescued kayak

Video 3 – Great view from side of rescued kayak

Note: Each of these videos is roughly 16M in size. They may take a while to download depending upon your connection speed. Format is QuickTime Video with a MOV file extension. You will need QuickTime player or plugin to view.

Bow Roll Rescue Web Site is Born

During the development of the Bow Roll Rescue I became concerned that it might get mutated when being passed along. While some mutations might be good, others might reduce the effectiveness of the technique. Hence the decision to maintain a web site devoted to presenting the current and latest aspects of this sea kayak rescue method. The article has just hit the stands in Sea Kayaker Magazine so it’s about time this site went live.