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How to use KayaLeg

The kayak entry/exit procedure using KayaLeg is somewhat similar to that when using the known “paddle-bridge” method but made much easier and safer since the paddle is firmly clamped thereby freeing up both hands from gripping the paddle and also enabling hands use in front vs. behind in the case of the “paddle-bridge” method and thus enables the user to be more effective in controlling and maneuvering their body into or out of the kayak.

To prepare for entry the kayak is placed adjacent a dock or shore, the user inserts the paddle into the KayaLeg clamping device and the kayak is positioned such that the paddle projects laterally outward from the kayak toward and above the adjacent shore or dock surface as shown in the adjacent photo. The paddle is rotated within the channel so that the flat of the paddle blade matches that surface. A significant range of elevation difference between KayaLeg clamp and shore can be accommodated by kayak roll.

At entry (as demonstrated in the video at http://kayaarm.com/video/kayaleg/ ) the user in a bent forward position grips the paddle shaft with both hands spaced apart and steps first with their outboard foot followed by the inboard foot into the cockpit to a location slightly off-center to provide just enough weight to the shore or dock side of the kayak to maintain balance such that the paddle (or shaft) remains in contact with the shore or dock to prevent rolling motion. While maintaining that balance the user then grips the gunwales for maneuvering to the seated position.

At exit the procedure is essentially the reverse of the entry, whereby the user biases there weight slightly off-center to the shore or dock side of the kayak such that the paddle remains in contact with the shore or dock to restrict rolling motion.

 Deep water re-entry:

Deep water re-entry is an additional use for KayaLeg which may be of interest to some such as those adventurous types who venture out in heavy seas and sometimes fall out of their kayak. For re-entry a paddle float is attached to the blade of the paddle and a distal portion of the paddle shaft is inserted into the KayaLeg clamping device. The paddle float on the end of the clamped paddle provides an out-rigger like arrangement providing stabilization for re-entry. With KayaLeg the outrigger in much easier to install and is more firmly attached and thus substantially more effective vs a known technique which entails bungee strapping the paddle shaft to the kayak deck.