How to re-enter a sit on top fishing kayak Smaller Person – SAFETY TIPS

Today on 30milesOut kayak fishing TV. Theresa Southerland shows you how a small person can do a re-entery on a sit on top kayak that has capsized. WHAT! Its a how to , DIY, get back in your yak fest!


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  1. Melissa Madrid on November 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm

    What about a Old Town PDL with the prop system and the seat is it harder to flip a kayak with the other stuff then what about getting your on there I’m not a big person myself I have that kayak and it’s been curious what’s the plan of action for it for safety.

  2. JMC22 on November 18, 2020 at 8:44 pm


  3. Jenny M. on November 18, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Thank you so much for the demo! Sometimes I venture out alone and this is good to know. I like the idea of the loop to get back in. Need rope asap. Whaaaat?!

  4. Kurt Moroski on November 18, 2020 at 8:47 pm

    Let’s see a full blown flip over with gear, rods, tackle, go pro, paddle. Good video demonstration. The rope helps. How hard is it with a kayak full of gear? Next!

  5. Vairamsiel Torres on November 18, 2020 at 8:48 pm

    What if u weigh 95 lbs and ur kayak weighs 50 lbs

  6. Allan Hall on November 18, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    I’m just looking at getting a kayak. I’m definitely going to have a tow rope on it. What a great idea for deep water climbing back in. Seems to have multiple uses.

  7. mmbengs on November 18, 2020 at 8:52 pm

    Great tip! I shall forevermore carry a nose rope. Great video. Thx to your wife also : )

  8. Rebel1280 on November 18, 2020 at 8:53 pm

    *sprints to kayak to put on nose rope*

  9. EL COMPA MARTINEZ on November 18, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    She never got it right,,,,, camera had ro be stoped to many times!!!

  10. Drizztblades on November 18, 2020 at 8:55 pm

    Time to get a nose rope! Thanks Ty

  11. Betsy’s Nest on November 18, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    She deserves a dinner out tonight!

  12. Betsy’s Nest on November 18, 2020 at 8:56 pm

    What’s the name of the rope??

  13. CAROLINA KAYAK ADVENTURES on November 18, 2020 at 8:57 pm

    Great work!!! I use overhand knots spaced out on my nose rope for hands holds. Sometimes if your hands are wet the rope can be slick. Great video!!

  14. qaannat on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Good stuff, very important to think about these things before that waterspout comes busting through. Whaaaat? I have rescued three who managed to capsize one of these monster SOT kayaks, and two were not even close to able to haul themselves out of the water onto the deck on their chest due to the huge freeboard. Ironically, the youngest child was able, she scrambled up like a seal monkey, no problem.I used my low volume sea kayak as an interim knee-step for the other two while holding rafted up to the SOT. Using the painter line for these steps and hauling lines is smart. Good stuff.

  15. eci outdoors on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    great video ,and is that a new kayak song "GET THE WHEELS OUT " . if someone has not flipped a kayak maybe they should like you did in a controlled environment .to see what it takes to flip it back over .

  16. A L on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    if this was a weighty person and on a narrower kayak doing the foot rope thing would reflip the boat if not done quickly. but using the rope to flip it back over is the way to go if you dont have arms long enough to reach the opposite side handle from underneath to do a pull and push kind of thing to flip it back over.

  17. sharky1015 on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Good job theresa!! Thanks for the tip Ty and Theresa. I flipped on braune lake last year and had the hardest time getting back in but at least I didnt lose any gear other theny shades haha. Only thing I would say is caution taking off the life vest. Thats usally the reason ppl drown.

  18. Jim King on November 18, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Would she be able to flip that yak with the seat attached, a full crate on board and a bunch of rods in the holders, in cold water with waves and current to contend with?

  19. JW Rhyne Jr. on November 18, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Thanks for the training video!

  20. Jeff A. on November 18, 2020 at 8:59 pm

    Take the pfd off, is a no no

  21. Michael S on November 18, 2020 at 9:02 pm

    OMG NEVER take your pfd off, no matter what. If you are in the sea this could be your last trip.

  22. sharpuslf on November 18, 2020 at 9:05 pm

    I feel like a better plan would be to keep the pfd on, and use a foam paddle float instead. (To stand on)

  23. R A on November 18, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Great Vid! Thank you!

  24. PAPIRICH R1 Camacho on November 18, 2020 at 9:06 pm

    Gracias Sr. Muy valioso entrenamiento 🙌

  25. tian_shmity on November 18, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    You will be washed away

  26. Paul T on November 18, 2020 at 9:07 pm

    I keep a piece of paracord tied to handle with a piece of 1/2” pvc about 8-10” long on paracord. This serves 2 purposes it usually will float when I flip and can toss it on top to grab onto to flip the kayak over and second it works as a step to climb back inside the yak. Very stable entry back inside. It’s always attached to yak and I check the durability of paracord ever few trips to make sure it does not need replacing.

  27. HEIDI Mehta on November 18, 2020 at 9:08 pm

    She did a great job. His sexism was annoying.

  28. Sasha K on November 18, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    How long is the nose rope? Newbie just got our kayaks.

  29. Dan Williams on November 18, 2020 at 9:11 pm

    Outstanding video !!

  30. kippercat123 on November 18, 2020 at 9:13 pm

    after seeing her take the PDF off… I stopped watching. WRONG. Your teaching a taboo to those that are searching for the correct way.

  31. Grunter on November 18, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Might be a little bit harder with the seat , leashed Mirage drive and leashed rods dangling down underneath . But thanks anyway as I have an outback too . Must try this myself .

  32. hornet on November 18, 2020 at 9:14 pm

    Re entry in a kayak is a lot easier if you are a skinny or a smaller person.

  33. Mark Hanna on November 18, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Glad you did an update. Mark in Michigan

  34. Mr E on November 18, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    I just put my kayak in the water for the first time today. Paddled for a bit, found a nice spot….and flipped it. What did I learn? I learned that I am old, fat, and out of shape. First attempt was easy as I pushed off from the lake bed. Second attempt, I went deeper but was still able to touch bottom if I needed to. Well, in my attempts to launch myself onto my overturned kayak, I had not noticed how much the wind had pushed me. I made several attempts to grab the opposite side so as to right the kayak. I ended up grabbing the overturned kayak with one hand and starting swimming toward the shore. Point is….. do not take for granted or assume that you can flip and re-enter! I am glad I did what I did, but it cut my day short as I was spent.

  35. Michael Bazan on November 18, 2020 at 9:21 pm

    Thanks guy very helpful tips

  36. John Baker on November 18, 2020 at 9:22 pm

    Something everyone should practice.

  37. SpaceWalla on November 18, 2020 at 9:23 pm

    I used to have a sit-on Perception kayak and often went out on my own on to the River Clyde in Scotland (a big tidal river). Sorry to say a lot of this advice wouldn’t work in a seaway. There are three golden rules: 1. Tie yourself to the kayak, otherwise the waves and wind will separate you very quickly from it when you capsize. 2. Always, always, always wear your bouncy aid. Taking it off is lunacy. 3. Tie your oar to the kayak, so again you don’t lose it. But I do agree for the need to practise and work out your capsize drill. After some practise I could be back on my kayak and paddling within 40 seconds of a capsize.

  38. Anthony Lawlor on November 18, 2020 at 9:28 pm

    Strong young lady. She’s got it under control.

  39. Ken Webster on November 18, 2020 at 9:29 pm

    Just another reason I hate these so called kayaks. No they are not kayaks in and way, shape, form or function. Whoever designs or buys these things is missing that the whole concept of a Kayak is a fast, efficient, seaworthy craft where the paddler skill supplies the stability. I have personally witnessed 2 men working together to try to tip a real kayak over and failing miserably because they could not overcome the paddlers skill at stabilizing the boat. These things are the exact opposite of a kayak. You don’t need these heavy, slow, draggy, wide tub for stability, you just need competency.

  40. Jav ッ on November 18, 2020 at 9:30 pm

    I practiced this in my pool last night and I’m 12 and my dad counted how many seconds it took me to flip it and get in it took me 17 seconds so I’m pretty sure I’ll be safe

  41. Marti Thew on November 18, 2020 at 9:32 pm

    Excellent idea with the rope but don’t take off the pfd…ever…

  42. sf2372 on November 18, 2020 at 9:35 pm

    some pretty good tips. I flipped it on the weekend and i was knackered. my arms were jello and seeing this technique with the rope i wish i had saw this prior. Lost a K worth of gear but im here right. I was fortunate to have my mate around to help me but i dont want to think how it would have turned out had he not been there. Panic was controllable as i knew he was there. Not sure the levels if i was on my own.

  43. Kayak & Coastal Fishing on November 18, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    already messed up big time in the very first try. consider yourself screwed. NEVER take that PFD off. Even if in a pool it is bad practice to show others this stuff.

    As for your tips, excellent info for beginners.

  44. scout on November 18, 2020 at 9:36 pm

    Excellent video. She did a wonderful job both flipping the kayak upright and getting back in. Would have never thought of using the bow rope; super helpful. this is the best video I’ve seen about both flipping and reentering a kayak. Thank you.

  45. tian_shmity on November 18, 2020 at 9:37 pm

    You dont have enough time to do all that stuff offshore

  46. Julie Klauss on November 18, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Love the video Ty and Theresa, great tips on flipping the kayak back up and such a handy hint with the bow rope as a foot hold.

  47. David Massey on November 18, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Everyone should PRACTICE flipping and re-entering techniques with your kayak before you actually need them. My brother-in-law literally almost drowned last summer in 12 feet of cold ocean water at Freshwater Bay in Washington. His PDF was totally inadequate for his 260 lb. frame – his fault. But panic was his biggest enemy. He was so instantly freaked out that he was unable think and realize he was only a 15 second swim to the shore. By the time I was able to paddle back to him from 200 yards away (my fault – always stay together) he luckily had managed to find a boulder to stand on. My depth finder registered 3.5 feet of water. I told him to walk to shore, which he did, totally exhausted with hypothermia already setting in. Remember, if the water is below 55 degrees it will shock you into inaction. You can hardly breathe or hold your breath.

    Thank God we were not out in 65 feet of water as we had been 10 minutes earlier or we would have lost him. Also practice with your seat in place and maybe even some gear. Stuff goes flying when you flip. Just let your fishing pole go. It’s not worth it.

    Thanks for listening. I know I’m soap boxing right now, but we’ll never forget his cries for help. Scary indeed. Thanks for posting guys.

  48. Brian Morrison on November 18, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    I have hired a kayak a few times only, but intend buying one very soon.
    Yesterday, while on the water (coastal), I tried getting back onto the kayak. All went well, although the kayak was about 10feet away by the time I resurfaced.
    It was calm and not much swell. No doubt it would be worse if there was any wind. OK, I can swim to the boat, but was wondering .. would you perhaps recommend some sort of leg strap, to keep the boat close by, much like windsurfers use.

  49. Jenny M. on November 18, 2020 at 9:41 pm

    Good stuff right there. Thanks!

  50. Keep Sweet on November 18, 2020 at 9:43 pm

    can you share the type of kayak she was using

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