This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
ADVERTISEMENT


GO AHEAD, BAIL ON YOUR BUDDY! HOW TO PERFORM A TANDEM BAILER RE-ENTRY AND WHY IT’S AN IMPORTANT RESCUE SKILL


WHAT WOULD YOU DO if you were on a canoe trip and one of the fully loaded, fully decked canoes capsized far from shore? Which re-entry method would get people out of the water the fastest, reduce the risk of injury to paddlers or damage to boats, and provide good stability? This scenario is often debated by paddling instructors because factors such as heavy canoes, cold water and overall remoteness can put a group of paddlers at significant risk. The usual approach is to perform some form of canoe-over- canoe rescue, where the rescue canoe pulls the capsized canoe from the water, turns it upright and then provides a stable platform for swimmers to re-enter. The three most common rescues are:


1) Canoe-over-canoe with gear lashed in 2) Canoe-over-canoe with gear tethered 3) Parallel rescue


This is where the debate begins! One can advocate that lashing in gear will avoid hang ups


below the gunwales of the overturned canoe, but tethering can be used to move gear completely out of the way. On the other hand, bringing the capsized canoe up onto the rescue boat parallel may increase stability. All are valid perspectives, however they all fail to alleviate a very real and limiting fac- tor associated with fully-loaded, fully-decked canoes: weight! A loaded canoe is heavy, and its weight greatly increases


the amount of physical effort needed to right it, thus increas- ing the risk of injury and usually the amount of time capsized paddlers stay in the water. So what is the right answer? The Tandem Bailer Re-entry. The speed at which capsized paddlers can re-enter the canoe using this method makes it a practical and efficient way to resolve a capsize in this situation. Here’s how it works:


RIGHT CAPSIZED CANOE


While in the water, both paddlers rotate the ends of the cap- sized canoe, bringing it to an upright and partially-submerged


position. This can happen quickly and with little effort if the canoe has significant flotation. The fact that the swim- mers can perform this action themselves reduces the risk of injury to individuals in a rescue boat who would otherwise be responsible for lifting and pulling the heavily laden canoe.


SWIMMERS RE-ENTER


One at a time, the swimmers return to a seated position in the cockpits of the partially-submerged canoe. The lower freeboard of the canoe combined with the stabilizing effect of water within the hull allows swimmers to re-enter easily. Even in the event of an injured paddler, a rescue canoe can raft up and create a stable platform to pull the individual onto.


SECOND CANOE RAFTS UP


The second canoe simply comes alongside and grabs on to the partially-submerged canoe, allowing paddlers to bail without having to worry about the risk of a second capsize.


BAIL


The paddlers remove all water from the canoe by bailing. Due to the amount of space taken up by gear and end flota- tion there is little room left for water, and most of what does collect in the boat is in the cockpit areas where it is easily ac- cessible, so bailing can be completed surprisingly quickly. Ob- viously the process is much faster with two bailers. Although less common, the same righting, re-entry and bailing process can be used on solo, fully-loaded, fully-decked boats. Bailing also has the added benefit of warming paddlers who may be cold from their recent submersion. The main objective in canoe rescues is to get paddlers out


of the water quickly while reducing the risk of injury. When it comes to a capsized, fully-loaded, fully-decked canoe in open water, the Tandem Bailer Re-entry is the fastest and safest rescue. So go ahead, bail on your buddy. And don’t forget to bring a second bailer! Corey Locke is a Paddle Canada Instructor and Instructor Trainer in various canoeing disciplines based in St John’s, Newfoundland.


Day two of a canoe tripping and lake/style canoe maintenance and upgrade clinic facilitated by Dave Wooldridge.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56