Kayak bass fishing

How to get back in a kayak

Getting back aboard a capsized kayak is fairly easy but not completely intuitive. You need to have a plan and — ideally — go out and practice. Throughout the process, keep your center of gravity low and in the middle of the kayak as much as possible.
Photo: Dave Mull - Getting back aboard a capsized kayak is fairly easy but not completely intuitive. You need to have a plan and — ideally — go out and practice. Throughout the process, keep your center of gravity low and in the middle of the kayak as much as possible.
Have a stirrup strap ready to help right the kayak (we showed how to make one in a previous <a href=
Photo: Dave Mull - Have a stirrup strap ready to help right the kayak (we showed how to make one in a previous photo gallery).
Once the kayak is right-side-up, place a foot in a stirrup, reach across and grab the far side.
Photo: Dave Mull - Once the kayak is right-side-up, place a foot in a stirrup, reach across and grab the far side.
With one motion, slide yourself across the yak, pulling with your arms, pushing with your legs and lying belly down on top so your weight is centered and evenly distributed.
Photo: Dave Mull - With one motion, slide yourself across the yak, pulling with your arms, pushing with your legs and lying belly down on top so your weight is centered and evenly distributed.
Carefully roll to your back while twisting at the hips and bringing your legs to the boat’s center line.
Photo: Dave Mull - Carefully roll to your back while twisting at the hips and bringing your legs to the boat’s center line.
You’re now prepared to scoot backward into your seat.
Photo: Dave Mull - You’re now prepared to scoot backward into your seat.