Travels with Paddles

a sea kayaking journal

Axel Schoevers (Photo: A. de Krook) Name:
Axel Schoevers
Rijswijk, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

The Incident Revisited

The report on the Noorderhaaks incident is now available in English.
"Read and Shudder!"
In the meantime I had an enjoyable "Peddelpraat Sea Camp" first week early August. At which the Den Helder KNRM (Royal Netherlands Lifeboat Institution, the guys that came out to our rescue) gave a Sunday evening presentation on hypothermia and the use of flares.

Then before we knew it, we were invited to be on their Wednesday evening training session at which six of us practiced with the Lifeboat crew on how to get paddlers in/out their kayaks on-board. Watched by the forty of us from the dock.
For the lifeboat crew it is standard practice to get 'swimmers' on board, but a person in a sea kayak poses some challenges as you might also get a glimpse of from our incident report. For us how to deal with hydro-jets...
All this (and more) because of the incident on 13 June. It took quite a bit of time to get the (English) report out and now even more work to be done to add safety stuff to our sea kayak syllabuses? New chapters!
More to be said? Better let you read the Incident Report first!

I'm swimming into deep water
Would you help me one more time?
I'm tryin' all my best to keep live goin'

I'm swimming into deep water
Would you help me one more time?
I'm drowning but I'd like to stay around
'round for awhile

(Swimming into deep water - Don Rosenbaum)


DaveO said...

Superb report and conclusions. I hope everyone can learn from us, especially when we are 'just heading out with our instructor buddies to play in the conditions'. This should be required reading for all instructors and coaches. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

That's absolutely right and always bring along your CD or MP3 player to support your efforts by listening to that great song by Don Rosenbaum.
Good luck and have fun.