Originally Posted by Ty Tanner
I'm not really qualified to speak on this subject but want to offer a thought on a piece of equipment that I haven't seen on the river much except in my on boat that is a potential life saver or at least a means to buy some time for a trapped boater. Several years ago I bought a small "Spare Air Bottle" used by divers for a backup air supply in emergency situations. It contains about 30-50 breaths. Doesn't sound like a lot but it might be enough in certain rescues to save a life. It's actually smaller than a water bottle and can easily fit in all kayaks. I just pray that I never need to use it, yet it's there if needed. Something like this might be worth incorporating into a class and practicing it's use and potential for life safety. Just a thought.
I've thought about this a lot... In a former life I did a lot of technical scuba diving and those things were kind of laughed at because they allowed you just enough air to run out of air twice. The problem with kayaking is in a pin situation the water can be extremely violent. If you keep that thing in your boat A) your never going to be able to get to it, B) It would be ripped out of your hand/mouth if you did get to it, or C) if you some how got it in your mouth it would take both your hands to keep it there.
There's a product out there called the rapid air
that looks like it might work a little better but I've never seen/heard of anyone using one.
I practice with a throw rope a lot, usually when watching gear waiting on shuttle. I throw at sticks floating by. I'm looking for a little bit more than that.