S.T.O.P. – Individual Rescue Risk Assessment

When someome in the group shouts "STOP", carry out the below actions from the Individual Rescue Risk Assessment process:

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Stop - Am I safe?  

If necessary move to safe place.

Position Kayak correctly pointing into wind, tide or swell.


Can I perform the rescue effectively?

Do I have the skills, strength and training?

Don't get involved if you will have a negative effect!


Is the casualty/victim Proactive or Inactive (eg. injured, untrained, incapable)?

Remember the Rescue Protocol: Preach, Throw, Reach, Go

Perform rescue if safe to do so.

Think of the best options ie. quick landing, swim in for instance.

It doesn't have to be from within kayak!

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