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How to Save a Paddler - The Flip Rescue for Stand Up Paddlers

Stand up paddle boarding - The Flip Rescue (Board to Board)
The flip rescue is to pull a stand up paddler out of the water who can't do so themselves usually do fatigue. 
The rescue comes from the raft industry. It also works for pulling swimmers or flipped kayak/canoeists onto your board. 
The shown method is for stand up paddlers to pull another stand up paddler out of the water. If practice often, it can be completed in rough water in less than a minute. I've done it in whirlpools for a fatigued student at Deception Pass in Washington State.  

How to..
- Paddle your board over to the capsized paddler. 
- Ask if they're cold, how long they've bee in the water
- While doing so, flip their board fin up. Easiest to do so with two hands at the tail.
- Climb on your knees from your board to theirs using your paddle as a brace across both
- Pull the victim in and have them face you in the Middle of their board
- Drop both paddles in the water between the victim and their board
- Ask them to cross their arms, then grab their hands (not wrists)
- While doing so, stand up on their board and step their opposite rail.
- Kick your board back (should be on leash)
- Then fall back into the water. 
- Once they're their board, move to towards their tail (same side) and reaching over their board, pull their legs on 
- Get back on your board and tow or push with your board (nose to tail) them back to shore. Call for 911 or the CG on channel 16 if you're unable to reach shore to prevent hypothermia or to properly perform CPR. 

**Practice often to do the flip under a minute and be open to them falling back off, or having to find a Plan B solution.  When you tow or push them to shore, ask the victim to lie prone (chest) or sit to prevent from falling off again. 

**Always wear your PFD and leash to stay off the news.

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Rob Casey
Seattle, WA USA

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