How To Re-Enter A Kayak In Deep Water [Standard & Trick Method]

How To Re-Enter A Kayak In Deep Water [Standard & Trick Method]

This video shows helpful tips on how to get back in a kayak after it has flipped in water that is too deep to touch the bottom.

Re-entering back into a kayak while in the water isn’t too difficult as long as you follow the three simple steps that are described in this video.

But on the other hand, if you panic and try to get back in the kayak too quickly, re-entering your kayak can be incredibly tough and frustrating.

Note: To see the “11 Essential Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tips for Newbies” mentioned in the video, click here:

11 Essential Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tips For Newbies

Regarding the three steps outlined in this kayak video above, always be sure to not do them too quickly because that can cause you to lose balance and fall back into the water (huge waste of energy).

And if you are having trouble getting back into your kayak, then be sure to watch the end when a common item like a sandwich cooler is used help get back into a kayak more easily.

This cooler trick was a simple experiment I thought of while thinking of ways to make it easier, and it worked out way better than planned.

Please note that we ALWAYS recommend wearing a life jacket / personal flotation device while kayaking, and the only reason we didn’t have one on during this kayak video is to show a worst case scenario.

For more kayak fishing tips, be sure to read this article referenced at the beginning of this kayak flip video:

11 Essential Saltwater Kayak Fishing Tips For Newbies

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50 Comments

  1. Em' on October 13, 2021 at 8:46 am

    I’ve never been in a Kayak… or a boat… but if for some reason in the future I’m in a kayak, and I fall out, I’ll thank my past self for watching this video.

  2. Jeremy Draper on October 13, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Never kayak in water with gators

  3. Char Latte on October 13, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Super helpful, thanks!

  4. paulbear1 on October 13, 2021 at 8:50 am

    Good advice! It’s always been a concern of mine, especially for the kids out on the lake. A life jacket is a must and trying to put it on after you capsize is very difficult. While you’re struggling, your paddle can quickly float away.
    No room for that cooler in that kayak so that would not be an option.

  5. Jay Whitney on October 13, 2021 at 8:50 am

    How about the same video, but with a sit inside kayak.

  6. Joe Gowac on October 13, 2021 at 8:51 am

    and wear a life jacket

  7. CMAenergy on October 13, 2021 at 8:52 am

    try it in rough waters

  8. S. S. on October 13, 2021 at 8:52 am

    Nice info. great demonstration without talking about what you had for lunch or introducing your dog spot etc. right to the point. Thanks.

  9. Ed Moore on October 13, 2021 at 8:52 am

    anyone who is dumb enough to get in one..deservers not to get back in.

  10. Luke Dixon on October 13, 2021 at 8:56 am

    I straddle/climb the front and then shimmy to the seat for my sit-in kayak. Very easy compared to entering from the side.

  11. Larry Boyer on October 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

    Very Goof information and demonstration! Thank You!

  12. Rapid Rabbit on October 13, 2021 at 8:57 am

    In my opinion, the first step should be to have your brain examined as to why you wanted a Kayak.

  13. apapz3245 on October 13, 2021 at 8:58 am

    Yeah in a sit on kayak lol cool bro must have been hard ..😂 do it in a sit in when it’s half full of water

  14. Jared Bradley on October 13, 2021 at 9:00 am

    I keep a rope with a carabiner clip on it. I tied two loops in it so it looks like a ladder. Cost $3 to make.. clip it onto the the paddle/carry handle, step in it and pull yourself up.

  15. Ed Moore on October 13, 2021 at 9:02 am

    most worthless boat ever.

  16. Rick Lamb on October 13, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Thats an exterior kayak,how do you get back into one of those that your legs have to go into a hole ?

  17. yuri kawaii on October 13, 2021 at 9:06 am

    I carry a 30 foot A-frame ladder in my kayak

  18. rocky on October 13, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Great tip. BTW by placing the paddle as he has shown, it becomes an outrigger to stabilize the kayak from tipping back over as you enter.
    An alternate way of getting back on the yak is to go to the stern, pull down on the stern, then scoot yourself up on your belly. Wriggle to the seat, spread your legs, push your body upright in the seat. There is less chance of capsizing with this method.

  19. ken jepsen on October 13, 2021 at 9:07 am

    LOVED the cooler idea! Never thought of it as a step… THANKS!

  20. Juan S on October 13, 2021 at 9:08 am

    And make sure you are not in deep water.

  21. Exploration Northwest on October 13, 2021 at 9:10 am

    As a excellent swimmer that swims open water2- 3 miles every other day and a kayaker I never ever go out without my life jacket that has a whistle attached to it. Sound carries a great distance on water. Never go without a life jacket and whistle
    Never ever leave your boat.
    Practice getting back in before you go out
    If you can’t get back in kick back in to shore

  22. Brian Sherwood on October 13, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Always leash your paddle. If there is wind it will help keep the kayak from blowing away, both by your holding onto it and also, if you happen to let go of it, it will slow the drift of your kayak.

  23. Levi Galbreath on October 13, 2021 at 9:12 am

    Wearing a long sleeve shirt while demonstrating flipping over in the water. That’s the biggest crime in this video.

  24. Bushkangaroo 1959 on October 13, 2021 at 9:13 am

    I flipped out of a “sit in kayak”going down a river, I managed to get to the river bank by hanging on to the paddle and kayak and was able to push myself towards the bank by touching bottom, once I got to the bank I drained the kayak and carefully crawled back in.

  25. DJappleblush on October 13, 2021 at 9:14 am

    Learning this means I wouldn’t have to cry for Sarah. Great demo!

  26. David Powell on October 13, 2021 at 9:20 am

    When I read "Trick method" I was thinking along the lines of re-enter inverted and roll up. I used to do… that, as a drill – about 40years ago, but it does leave you with a swamped and wildly unstable boat… but great stuff – If you’re having problems in the water, you need some ideas to work with!

  27. Mike Rodriguez on October 13, 2021 at 9:21 am

    This man knows how to run in the deep the ocean, you can call it mental freeze

  28. Luna Morris on October 13, 2021 at 9:21 am

    hey! thanks for this vlog. It is really helpful for the beginners. I learned a great lot from this video. keep posting!

  29. MJ Zoom on October 13, 2021 at 9:22 am

    It was funny because I flipped a kayak right at the dock the first time, but was rock solid out in the deep water lol

  30. genej501 on October 13, 2021 at 9:23 am

    If you have a cooler. The way I learned it. Put the paddle through the bungies. Put the flotation device on the end of the paddle still in the water. Basically making an outrigger canoe. You have saved your paddle and stabilized the kayak. Now you can easily vault yourself back into the cockpit.

  31. Phil B on October 13, 2021 at 9:24 am

    Fat people can’t self recover – trust me I’ve seen it first hand

  32. Eenam on October 13, 2021 at 9:25 am

    I watched this just in case someday my broke ass can afford to buy a kayak 🤦🏻‍♂️🤣

  33. Falandorn on October 13, 2021 at 9:26 am

    2:39 your welcome

  34. John Hogan on October 13, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Thanks very much! Well done!!!

  35. Marcus Hennings on October 13, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Beware some states will issue fines if not in possession of a vest AND whistle.

  36. TOMMY DE VERA TDV on October 13, 2021 at 9:27 am

    Very useful demo, thanks👍

  37. Hemlock Belladonna Nightshade on October 13, 2021 at 9:27 am

    In the thumb nail that pattern on your shorts looks like a creepy grudge lady in the water with you 😂

  38. Thomas Belk on October 13, 2021 at 9:28 am

    I’m watching this because of that video with the guy being ambushed by an alligator on a kayak.

  39. Christopher Hernandez on October 13, 2021 at 9:28 am

    good job
    Try it in the SF bay in frigid choppy waters

  40. Arkangel88Mr on October 13, 2021 at 9:30 am

    ….😯 am gona die 😫

  41. Ichi Go on October 13, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Don’t know why this was in my feed…but glad it was🤙🏻

  42. Kane Lono on October 13, 2021 at 9:31 am

    Not the big beer belly technique!🤣

  43. Ted Bonk on October 13, 2021 at 9:33 am

    What if you have a kayak with a small seating area and your feet go inside?

  44. susan spacht on October 13, 2021 at 9:36 am

    A foam or inflatable paddle float would help re-entry – creating a pontoon effect – one end of paddle under bungee cords, float slid onto on the other end of paddle, swing a leg up over paddle to hoist yourself into the boat. Can find videos of this. For sit inside kayak a bilge hand pump is easy to take along stuck under the deck bungees. Will quickly pump water out of boat.

  45. My Account on October 13, 2021 at 9:40 am

    Easiest method…. Get a float tube.

  46. Ben Munday on October 13, 2021 at 9:41 am

    thats a boatload of beginner misinformation. your personal fears and bias are directly upfront. embarrassing. yeah, dont panic ya chicken. yer obviously scared of a full cockpit boat, and have ZERO idea how to enact a self recue in a ‘Real’ kayak. dont talk to the noobs plz. yer fucking them up. Dont Train From a Sit On Top-ever/ that hurts the entire community.

  47. ERiQTENDO on October 13, 2021 at 9:41 am

    Good thing that’s not Florida gator country!

  48. Terry Taylor on October 13, 2021 at 9:42 am

    You might want to suggest a paddle leash.

  49. RavenFeathers90 on October 13, 2021 at 9:45 am

    "Serahhhhhhhh please"

  50. marvel boy on October 13, 2021 at 9:45 am

    Paddle depends on kayak type if you can do this

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