Thanks for the tips. I have been reading and rereading my book to get an idea of the basic moves. I think I'll skip the nose plug as when I flip I doubt I'll have one on my nose. I raced offshore boats for years and we would have to practice escapes in a cage. They had a aluminum cage with a hole similar to the escape hatch on the boat which is not big. They put you in the cage and buckled you up like the race boat with a six point harness. Then they blindfolded me and submerged it. When a boat goes under or flips it is dark as you can imagine when you are in the cockpit.
So they flip and roll you in the pool to disorient you and then stop. You then unbuckle and try your escape. When a boat goes under or flips the water rushes in the cockpit and if you release harness before it is calm you can be driven under the deck where you are likely not to escape from. So the thing is to not panic. They had a thing called B.R.A.C.E. but I forgot what each letter meant. B was brace and E was escape may be R was release. It may come back if I thing of it.
Many people panicked and came up chocking. My friend was a diver and he was ribbing me. He was one of the panicked ones. The first time I did it I said I have 4 divers spinning me in a pool in a cage the chances of me drowning is about Zero. They made us do it quite often to be more relaxed if it happen in a race.
Most cannot believe I am in a kayak now after doing 150 mph on the water. It is still a challenge with water and a boat and your body is still involved. The honey thought I was nuts because I was outside tonight staring at the new to me 2008 Solstice in the dark. I know the few times I was out in the boat I (and may be you) start to get a bond with the boat like a body part. I was always sad when we sold a race boat for faster, bigger or lighter boat. We sold one boat and it went to Sweden and it was in one race and it burned to the waterline and sunk. That could have been a big loss for me and my partner in the boat. I bonded with it because of all the things I went through with the boat. We won the World Championship in Key West in 1987 in this boat.
I have been over and out once at 90-100 mph and under once in Lake Pontchartrain LA. We were going about 110 and went under about 6-8 feet for 150 feet. The rescue chopper happen to be right over us so when we disappeared from view in a white and hot pink boat they knew we had to be at least 6' under as the lake is quite muddy and dark. Cockpit hatches blew in on me side and it was 10 fire hydrants pouring in. It all happens in slow motion as you look back seeing the water roll up the deck as you go under. Boat was half sunk and I thought the bow had split there was so much water in it. When the boat broke the surface I popped out fast the other guy was stunned for a minute. I released when I saw daylight again.I know the kayak will be the same as it gets me through rough water and tough times.
That is my bit of trivia. So I hope when I go under I don't panic in the kayak. I usually take situations fairly calm as that is you only friend in a tough spot.
If I get the basic escape and re-entry down for the winter I'll be pleased
Rant is over I apologize if you got this far.