The North Water Rescue Stirrup uses sinking webbing to position the loop for your foot and a neoprene cuff to keep the rest on top. This is the perfect aid to help you get you back in your boat and paddling again.
METHODS OF USE:
Paddle shaft stirrup rescue (solo or assisted)
Place your paddle float on the end of your paddle and loop the stirrup around the other end of the paddle shaft. Place the paddle over the top of your deck just behind the cockpit coaming and drop the stirrup into the water on the other side of the kayak. Now reach under the kayak, grab the stirrup, bring it out of the water and wrap it around the paddle shaft making sure to pass the last wrap underneath the one before to keep it from sliding down the paddle shaft. The end of the stirrup line now hangs down to create the step. Once it is in place you can adjust the length of the loop by pulling the webbing through the adjustment buckle. Place your foot into the loop and lift yourself onto the rear deck to re-enter your cockpit.
Coaming loop (solo or assisted)
After you have your paddle float in place. Wrap the stirrup around the cockpit coaming of, once in place adjust the stirrup to your height by pulling the webbing through the adjustment buckle. You can now place your foot in the loop and lift yourself into the re-entry position.
Paddle wedge (assisted)
The paddle wedge method is used with two kayaks along side one another. First loop the stirrup around the middle of the paddle shaft; the paddle is then submerged between two kayaks and turned so the paddle is perpendicular to the kayaks. The stirrup comes up between the two kayaks and is draped over the swamped kayak and hangs down to create the step for the swimmer. While the rescuer holds onto the cockpit coaming of the swamped boat to stabilize the two kayaks the swimmer places the foot closest to the paddle shaft into the loop and lifts themselves onto the rear deck to re-enter the cockpit.
Note: The length of the stirrup will vary depending on the method used, size of the kayak and the size of the kayaker. Once familiar with the various lengths you can mark the webbing with a permanent marker for quick reference.
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