A surfski safety device of last resort

5 days 20 hours ago #35517 by Henning DK

manta wrote: If you cannot rescue yourself and you will not be able to get rescuers to you, should you be out there?


That's the question! But there is no answer, it's a choice ;-)

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5 days 17 hours ago #35519 by mrcharly
A guy I knew well was on an extreme sea kayaking trip off the north west coast of western australia. Heavy weather coming, bad shore, so he decided to ride it out at sea. 
Massive waves, laden boat, his boat got broken in two. 
After a long night at sea, he made it ashore. 
Walked out, made it to a road and flagged down a motorist (I don't know how long it took, think it was a couple of days).
What saved him was being extremely fit, not giving up, survival knowledge and knowing his location. When he reached the shore, he knew which direction to head; had he turned the wrong way, he probably wouldn't have made it. He also knew how to scavenge, find water etc.
His gear was lost at sea. 

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5 days 15 hours ago #35529 by Fath2o
I'm curious how many here have tried communicating with their vhf handheld radios while treading water, or in rough wet conditions while sitting in your ski (which might be a challenge). My experience was radio was wet or had been submerged the speaker was completely unreadable. I had no problem transmitting but couldn't understand the incoming audio. I also need reading glasses to see the tiny screen. Don't often have a pair when paddling.
 Might want to get real familiar with your communication device in real conditions if you haven't already.

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5 days 15 hours ago #35530 by SpaceSputnik

Fath2o wrote: I'm curious how many here have tried communicating with their vhf handheld radios while treading water, or in rough wet conditions while sitting in your ski (which might be a challenge). My experience was radio was wet or had been submerged the speaker was completely unreadable. I had no problem transmitting but couldn't understand the incoming audio. I also need reading glasses to see the tiny screen. Don't often have a pair when paddling.
 Might want to get real familiar with your communication device in real conditions if you haven't already.


Yes, it happens to me after a remount practise, the volume goes quite low. Sucking the water out of the speaker grill may help. But, I am with you, it may be a problem. That's why I am glad my radio is DSC enabled, so I can press the distress button even if I can't talk.
Never been in need of a rescue though....a skittish flatwater paddler :D

Current: Think Evo II, Stellar SES 1g.
Past: Epic V7

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3 days 5 hours ago #35574 by XLV
With all this talk about self-rescuing with a dislocated shoulder, I think I'm going to plan some open ocean remounts using a single arm... see how hard it is to make a call on the radio, test the PLB, etc.

What's a good position to put my arm in to simulate a dislocation? just limp to my side? What's doable/not doable with a dislocation?

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1 day 7 hours ago #35588 by tve
I was chatting with Patrick Hemmens yesterday and his dislocated shoulder at last years (?) cape point challenge came up. He crawled back onto his elite s (or was it a SF?) from the back, pulling himself forward with one hand. Then popped the shoulder back in using his paddle... Made it in with a lot of pain as it was actually fractured. Ouch! I believe Rob wrote about it. I filed it under "experiences I hope to do without, thank you"...

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