How To Get Back In Your Kayak After It Flips Over In Deep Water [VIDEO]

By: Joseph Simonds on May 19, 2016
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Slam Dunk!!!

Luke certainly had to take one for the team on this new “Kayak How To” video!

For the first time in his angling life, he flipped over in a kayak (on purpose, of course).

And as it turns out, it’s not as easy as it looks to get back in your kayak if you flip or fall out in deep water… especially if you were crazy enough to not have a PFD (personal flotation device) on like Luke did for worst-case scenario demonstration purposes.

So in this video and blog, you will learn the steps to re-enter your kayak in deep water.

And you see two methods… one being the traditional approach, and the other being the “cooler trick” method.

Enjoy.

Note: Although you see mangrove trees, the area we did this kayak video tip was a very deep channel where Luke had no chance of touching bottom.

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Re-Entering A Kayak In Deep Water

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After taking our popular blog post live the other week called, “11 Essential Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tips” (you can see it here)we immediately starting getting some feedback that we left something out.

Can you guess what it was?

It was what to do when your kayak flips over.and it was followed by some crazy stories of anglers that had fallen out of their yaks, been knocked out by waves, and been completely flipped over for a variety of unforeseen reasons.

And most of the feedback was followed by some pretty crazy stories of anglers that had fallen out of their yaks, been knocked out by waves, and been completely flipped over for a variety of unforeseen reasons.

Now although many kayak anglers have never flipped over (or out of) their kayak before, there is always a first time for everything. And sometimes now matter careful you are, crazy and unforeseen things do happen while out on the water…

Here are the 4 steps to safely getting back in your kayak in deep water:

Step 1: Flip your kayak back over in the upright, safe position (assuming it flipped over while you flipped out)

Step 2: Grab both sides of the kayak near the center of the yak (preferably using handles if your kayak has them) and pull yourself up to where your belly button is dead in the middle of the kayak. Wait until you are stable before moving on to step 3.

Step 3: Using your upper body, lift yourself up and flip your butt around into the kayak seat. If you have an elevated seat that is too high, you can lift yourself up right in front of it and then move up into the seat.

Step 4: Swing your legs back into position on the kayak.

Pa-POW! Back in action!

Now, look around to see how many people saw you fall out. If there are a lot of spectators, simply yell, “I’m ok. Just showing you all how to get back in a kayak.”

On the other hand, if no one is around to see it, be glad…

Check out the video below of Luke getting back into his kayak in deep water.

You will see him re-enter the kayak using both the standard method (above) and the “cooler trick” method, which turned out to be much easier.

Finally, the most important thing is to stay calm and don’t panic! That’s easier said that done when you are out in the ocean with waves pounding you, a storm coming, or a big fish/shark below you, but it will only make it tougher if you are in panic mode.

Note: This same 3-step process can be used when you are trying to re-enter when your feet are touching the bottom.

How To Get Back In Your Kayak [VIDEO]

Important Note: We ALWAYS recommend that you wear a life jacket/PFD while out on the kayak. We only did this video without a life jacket to show a worst case scenario.

Conclusion

Falling or flipping out of your kayak is scary business!

And although it doesn’t happen often, when it does, you need to be prepared!

Luke was shocked at how tough it was to re-enter his kayak in deep water. You can actually hear how hard he is breathing right after he flips back in.

And although he did make it tougher on himself without a life jacket, the water conditions could have been a whole lot worse (like 2-3 foot seas, etc).

The most important thing is to stay calm, remember the 3 steps, and always wear a life jacket while out kayak fishing! And if you have a hard cooler that fits in your kayak like the one in the video, take it along with you on your future kayak trips.

You’ll be glad you did if you ever find yourself outside of your kayak while out in deep water!

Related Post: “11 Essential Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tips For Newbies” (check it out here)

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Than k you for the video. My son and I kayak together, but always with rented boats. I’m buying each of us one and wanted to make sure he understood how to get back in his.
Contact me if you’re ever in Maryland 🙂

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I was searching for a visual demonstration and you’ve created an excellent one. I’ll be taking o ut the kids one of these weekends (beautiful weather in San Diego during winter time even!)

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Great information ! I always wondered how to get back into the kayak. I also have a dog, 75 lbs, that I don’t think could get back in the kayak. We both wear lifevests.

Robert Brombach
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Hey luke` Almost have my move to Dunnellon finished! Can’t wait to explore this new area! Got in last night from the other house and in my garage was a fishing kayak my wife bought for me to use in the rivers and shoreline area’s> This tip came at the perfect time, seeing I’ve only used one a few times before!. Guess the pathfinder will wait till I check out some area’s in the kayak! Looking for one for my daughter so we can go together! Can’t wait to finally be here full time!

Tony Stoner
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My 9 year old daughter goes kayaking with me alot and I was planning on doing self rescue with her this weekend. I’ve been kayaking for about 7 years now and have never fallen out, but like you guys said you never know what will happen. This video showed me what I need to know to show her.

Luke Simonds
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How awesome to see that your young daughter kayaks with you often… keep up the great work!

And glad to see that this video was helpful. I certainly learned a good lesson while doing it when trying that cooler trick… surprisingly effective.

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great info , thanks

John Butler
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Luke’s instructions are great, however another possibility is a ladder. This is a webbing strap or rope which can be tied on your paddle and used as a step, much as the ice chest