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The Dump

The Dump is a fast, simple way to empty a boat for a kayaker who has a solid roll and a helpful friend.

After a cowboy rescue or after a re-enter and roll, the Dump is good for getting water out of the boat. And in dynamic waters, you don't have to get a person back into the water. You can simply just roll the boat over with them in it, and empty the boat out.

A couple of key points to make the dump easier on you:

  1. Make sure that you edge towards the roller as they come up on your boat, or as you pull them up.
  2. As you roll the boat over toward you, edge away.
  3. It's really important for the roller to fully capsize and wait about three seconds to make sure that the boat gets fully drained.
  4. As the roller starts to roll up, it's important to assist rolling them back up, and getting the boat off edge so that they can come up in a stable position.
For someone that knows how to roll, The Dump is a great, fast, and very simple rescue.

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