- Upon capsizing, grab the BackUP 's handle and pull. The
BackUP will slide out of its shell and immediately
- Lean on the hand holding the BackUP , and sit up. The
buoyancy of the BackUP will hold your hand near the
surface of the water.
That's it! A few things to note:
- The CO2 cartridge must be replaced after each use of the
BackUP --- the cartridge is entirely empty after one
- Be nice to your shoulders. Keep your elbows as close to
your body as possible whenever you lean on anything ...
including your BackUP.
- Those with a double kayak, see rolling
This diagram shows the technique for having the Backup surface
to the most comfortable side for this right-hander. It works fine
surfacing on the other side, too.
Tips for using a BackUP
- It's best to have the Backup rise to the surface on the
side of the boat opposite the hand which grabbed it.
Imagine. If you were upright in your kayak holding onto
something floating to the right of your boat with your
right hand, and then capsized toward it, once upside down
it would be on your left. So have your Backup bob up
there, on the left (if you are right-handed. Lefties, do
the opposite.) Everything works fine if the Backup
surfaces on the "wrong" side too, but it feels
- Here is an easy way to execute Tip #1 when pulling the
Backup from a location ahead of you, for example, from
installation position A (see next page). Grab the Backup
handle with your right hand, pull, and immediately move
your fist over to your left shoulder! Lefties, do the
- Unless you're very big, or your boat is very loaded, the
Backup will provide ample buoyant support for righting
even if held against your boat hull. Holding the Backup
even a small distance away from the boat hull will
significantly increase the righting "torque" on
- You will probably need to use both hands for leaning on
the Backup ! Put your second hand on top of the floating
Backup bag. Keep ahold of your paddle if you can. If not,
it won't go far in 3 seconds, and you have a spare paddle
- Use your rolling skills to minimize the strength
required. When you lean on your Backup , roll your kayak
upright first and raise your body and your head up from
the water surface last.
INSTALLATION INSPECTING Follow the INSPECTING
instructions on page 9 to check out and arm your Backup .
ATTACHING TO THE KAYAK The Backup is inflated by pulling its
handle away from its protective outer shell. Installation
involves firmly mounting the outer shell so that it stays put
when the handle is pulled. The BackUP should be mounted in a
location immediately accessible to you after capsize. Two
- A. Ahead of the cockpit
- Mounting the Backup just ahead of the cockpit is a
natural position since that is the direction kayakers are
trained to reach after failure to paddle-roll, in order
to release the sprayskirt before exit. The Backup can be
easily strapped to the bungy cords there. Be sure the
installed Backup does not interfere with normal
operations of your craft.
- B. Behind the cockpit
- Another good location is on the deck of the kayak just behind
the cockpit. Be sure that it is not in the way of your
elbow when you paddle. Right-handers should have the
Backup handle on the left, to be grabbed by reaching with
your right hand around the left side of your body. This
way the inflated bag will pop to the surface on the most
convenient side of the kayak for righting (see Tip #1).
Be sure that you could find the handle easily if you were
upside down, underwater, and surprised!