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Pike Lake-Rescues

August 13, 2022 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

mastering the self rescue

Ever fall out of your kayak in the middle of a lake, and attempt to get back into the yak, only to find yourself swimming back to shore? Do you wish to feel more comfortable when power boats kick up wake passing by you? Have you ever watched a  paddle buddy fallen into the water next to you, and both of you didn’t know what to do? Planning to take a kayaking trip on the big waters of Lake Superior or Lake Michigan? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, have we a program for you.

This session is primary for couples – or ‘paddle partners’ who do not mind sharing their personal bubble with each other. A paddle partner is someone who is in your close social bubble. You and your buddy will be exclusively working together during this session. If you do not have a paddle buddy, we will team up with you. 

Kayak rescues are an exciting way to go outside your comfort level and understand a valuable survival tool This is a 3 to 4 hour session intended for those who wish to understand how to get back into the kayak, while on the water. Prerequisite for this class is basic knowledge about your kayak (or previous student of either the Kickstart or the Essentials classes), and a wet-exit ability.

Touring and Sea kayaks will be required for this class – if you are uncertain if your kayak falls under this category, give us a call – otherwise, we can lend you our gear. There will be at least an hour worth of classroom before hitting the water.  It’s all about getting wet! Besides, Kayaking IS a water sport. Ensure you are properly dressed for immersion – if uncertain what to wear see our Q&A page. Topics included in this class:


Learning the tools of the trade

paddle float, paddle, stirrup strap, bilge pump


Solo rescues

There are several rescues which may work for you – find out which one is best suited for you

Provides confidence and increases your comfort level

Practice these techniques: Paddle float (w/ stirrup), cowboy, ladder, burrito, re-enter and roll (if one has a successful roll)


Assisted rescues

Builds group dynamics and trust with others

Sometimes the environment has the upper hand and kicks you out of your kayak

Save your buddy with these methods: T-Rescue(w/ heel hook), Hand of God, Scoop, Bow/stern, present paddle/cockpit, crab, Rescue swimmer



Sometimes you just need to get the yak and person out of a dangerous location

Utilize: contact tows (long rope, short rope, human contact)


Class size will be limited to 5 couples (ten total people). Please note: a Wisconsin State Park sticker will be required.

Cost for 3 to 4 hours – $80