When I became a raft guide in the late 90’s the way in which we were shown to right a raft posed significant danger. It basically meant utilising the drain holes in the raft by sticking your finger through and using your knees to flip the raft. Get it wrong and you would be seriously hurt. So I am thankful that using a flip line to right a raft is now the default technique being taught and is used by the vast majority of guides.
We are now starting to see these types of lines carried by kayakers and canoeists. I would highly recommend that all paddlers have one of these and spend some time learning how to use it effectively and safely.Continue reading