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Hi -

I'm the inventor and maker of the BackUP. Since this old thread is still hanging in cyberspace, I thought I'd comment.

I agree with everything Mick says, But not with everything in the comments leading up to his.

The BackUP is a "reserve option" to use only if you have failed to avoid dangerous conditions, failed to avoid capsize (brace), and failed to eskimo roll. The device has "Avoid dangerous conditions. Learn to roll" written right on the top of it.

The huge difference between a BackUP and a paddlefloat is that the former is intended as a *righting* aid, and the latter as a *re-entry* aid. Re-entry implies that you have had to exit your boat, which greatly increases the odds against you. You don't want to penalize yourself by having to wet exit if you goof your roll for some reason.

The BackUP is not intended as a technological replacement of rolling skills, any more than a paddlefloat is meant that way. It's another layer of safety options, and can be used as both a righting aid and, if need be, a re-entry aid. Any argument for skill to the exclusion of backup safety measures is foolish.
: Eric,

: Your post makes me very worried.

: Sorry to be blunt but: 1. Nobody should paddle alone.

: 2. The Eskimo Roll is an essential skill NOT an optional skill.

: 3. If someone doesn't have the experience in being comfortable upside down
: underwater and the experience of the correct way to right their kayak and
: themselves which only comes with good lessons and practice then there is a
: great danger that even with a Roll-Aid BackUp they will not be able to
: right their kayak and themselves.

: 4. Even if they manage to not panic underwater and inflate the Roll-Aid
: BackUp and right their kayak and themselves there is a very serious risk
: that they will have lost their paddle because they have to grab the
: Roll-Aid BackUp with both hands.

: So if I were you (and as the other people have suggested) I would be buying
: your mother some lessons including Eskimo Roll lessons. You should also
: get her a paddle-leash to prevent loss of paddle AND equip her boat with a
: spare breakdown paddle in a self-draining bag on the deck.

: You should also be encouraging your mother to paddle with a buddy.

: Anyway I hope she enjoys her paddling, one of my friends moms is in her 60s
: and is a solid whitewater paddler with all the skills including a
: bombproof eskimo roll. I'm 20 years younger and have trouble keeping up
: with her on the rapids.

: Mick

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Ditto on these guys......training, training, train
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