With all the recent discussion on rescues, I thought that you folks would be interested in a new article on the "Petrussen Maneuver" that I just added to my webpage. This article was published in the August issue of Sea Kayaker but I have included the photos that Sea Kayaker chose not to use.
In a nutshell this is a traditional method of reaching the surface to breathe without exitting the kayak. It is not a rescue in itself but allows you to "hang-out" until you can perform a rescue on your own or are rescued by others. It is still used in Greenland where paddlers often wear only a dry-top (tuiliq) and any wet exit in the very frigid water could be your last. I was amazed when I first saw this technique performed by Maligiaq Padilla and would not have thought it possible to be able to do this.
I would be interested in how folks on this list fare at performing this skill. The first time that you try this your nose will probably fall an inch or two short of the surface, but success rate among local paddlers has been good after a few days of practice. You do need good flexibility though. BTW, the kayak in the photo is a VCP Anas Acuta.
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- the "Petrussen Maneuver" *Pic*