We finished up our certification workshop yesterday. During a surprise(for those not in on the plan) nearly all in rescue I was hanging out under(in water,head in cockpit) my kayak for a few minutes waiting for someone to discover me. After the chaos of a few other "surprise" scenarios I was starting to notice what a pleasant quiet place it was . The water was stinking chilly and the wind was 15 to 20mph, but inside the upside down boat felt almost cozy, the sounds of wind, yelling paddlers all muffled through the boat, just waves lapping against the hull,muted light. I got rescued finally and had to join in the responsibilities of rescueing others.
Things I have learned: no more stretching 3mm neoprene with other layers in sub 50degree water, towing 1person is hard,2 is harder,3 is very hard,4 is very slow and I'm looking for Ibuprofen. Tow belts shouldn't be worn unless the wearer has practiced towing someone for as long as it takes to find their limits. nap time