How to Launch a Kayak from A High Dock
For beginners, getting in and out of the kayak is very tricky. Whether you’re launching from a gravel or sand beach, a rocky shoreline, or a low or high dock, there could be several techniques to safely launch your kayak. While this is something that you can definitely do on your own, it would be best if you have someone assist you when you launch your boat from a dock.
An ideal situation is that you launch your kayak from a dock’s lowest spot. But what do you do when you’re coming from a higher dock? In this post, we will be discussing everything that you need to know about how to launch your kayak from a high dock. Hopefully, you get to apply what you will learn on this post when the time comes. Keep on reading if you want to know more.
What to Do When You’re Launching and Landing from A Dock
If you’re launching from a dock, the easiest way to get into your kayak is to ask a buddy to stabilize the boat while you’re in the process of getting in and out of it. However, if you’re alone, you may want to try this technique:
Meanwhile, if you’re landing at a dock, you only need to reverse the above instructions. Here’s what you should do:
How to Launch a Kayak from A High Dock
We admit that launching from a high dock is one of the most challenging tasks you need to deal with. However, you just need a little practice to be able to do this job as confidently and safely as possible. Here’s what you need to do:
How to Sit Properly in Your Kayak
Since we’ve been talking about launching and landing from a high dock, we think it’s also important that we address proper posture while you’re sitting in the kayak. Most kayaks come with adjustable back supports, allowing you to lean back as you paddle, like when you’re sitting in a recliner at home while you watch TV. While the comfort it advertises is tempting, we don’t recommend this, as it could be very damaging to your back and this posture alone makes you vulnerable to injuries. In addition, it could be very difficult for you to paddle when you’re reclining like that.
To keep sitting comfortably in your kayak, you’re going to want to practice proper posture. What you can do is to position the back support upright, as it allows you to sit straight. If you’re in the proper sitting position, you’re likely to utilize your abdominal muscles, with the backrest acting as additional support. You would also want to sit with a lifted chest and a balanced head. Meanwhile, the balls on your feet should be firmly pressed against the pedals, with your legs rotated externally. If you sit in this position, you’ll realize that it’s the most comfortable one and it’s easiest, especially on your lower back.
If you’re feeling a bit of discomfort and pain in your lower back, maybe after or during kayaking, maybe the reason is that your hamstrings and hips are tight. What you can do to prevent this is to get introduced to some paddling stretches before you go on a kayaking trip. This surely will help in increasing your flexibility while making the activity a lot tolerable for your pain.
As a kayaker, learning how to launch from a high dock is a skill that you need to master, especially because you could be introduced to a variety of launching situations – a low dock, a high dock, or even a rocky shore. You just need to remember to find the lowest spot to be able to launch and land successfully, regardless of how high or low the dock is.
We believe that with this guide, you would be able to do this task right the first time. And if not, a trick would be to have a friend or two to assist you. If you’re not confident enough, then try doing this task with a friend so that your boat wouldn’t drift from you. Hopefully, you get to make use of this new learning when you get presented of the opportunity of launching from a high dock.