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Expert Tips On Entering And Launching Your Kayak Safely

Launching your kayak from a rough shore and in rough weather conditions can be dangerous. But with a little practice, you can feel safe launching anytime, anywhere. 

First, put your boat completely in the water. Then position your boat away from the rocky shore and pointed into the wind.

Next, sit on the back deck of the boat, so you can slide down and be fully seated inside the boat.

Once seated, bring your legs inside the boat. Then paddle the boat to an area that you can safely attach your spray skirt. 

For more in depth instructions, watch the video below:

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