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How to launch from a dock

GETTING in and out of your kayak from a dock can be a bit more challenging , especially if you have to step down a distance . The trick is to keep your weight on the supporting structure while at the same time keeping your weight centered over the kayak so it doesn ’ t go shooting out from underneath you . At first , it is wise to get your sprayskirt secure while you still have the dock close at hand . Then pick your paddle up and you are ready to go .
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1 . Slip your feet into the cockpit , centering your weight over the kayak .
2 . Turn your body so that it faces the supporting structure .
3 . Lower yourself straight down into the cockpit . Depending on the length of your legs and the cockpit opening size , you may have to sit on the back deck temporarily before slipping inside the cockpit .
4 . Slide down into the cockpit , maintaining your grip on the dock so you don ’ t float away leaving your paddle behind ! At this point , you have to use both hands to get the sprayskirt on . But the dock is there for support if you need it .
PADDLE YOUR OWN KAYAK These excerpts are from this wonderful book by Gary & Joanie McGuffin . Distributed by Firefly books .

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