1st swim, no pull strap!
I'm just learning to kayak, and went to the Glenwood wave last Saturday. I couldn't surf worth a damn so I got a lot of practice rolling before swimming for the first time. The worst part of the story is that despite having been warned about this multiple times, I made the bad mistake of tucking my pull strap into my skirt and had to pull it off from the sides. The experience shook me up pretty good, and I don't plan on making that mistake ever again. Fortunately I am not deterred from learning to kayak, ran the Fork the next day, and hit the pool this week to practice wet exiting without the strap should I be stupid enough to find myself in that position ever again. Check your pull strap, check it again, and check your friend's as well!