It's not often that we get to see a truly new rescue technique. There are many time-tested assisted rescues to get a kayaker back into his or her kayak, but just a couple-the Hand-of God and Scoop rescue- for assisting a kayaker who's incapacitated. John Martin ("Training in the Triangle," SK June 2007) and his friends Paul Redzimsky and Mike Agostinelli came up with what they call a Bow-Roll rescue to help a capsized paddler who is still in the cockpit. It's quick and can be used to help a capsized paddler who's signaling for help or who is panicking or incapacitated. The Bow Roll Rescue is a bit like steer wrestling-you grab the bow of the capsized kayak, wrap your arms around it and crank it around. Done properly it is surprisingly effective. We have a video of the technique posted on our web site. Take a look
and then be sure to read the article in the October issue of Sea Kayaker magazine-there's more to the method than meets the eye.