orangebag_close
Looks a bit funny 😉

So if you do a lot of reading on sites like kayarchy.org you might know the orange bag (the rescue bag where you can put people in that suffer from hypothermia) can do more than the job it generally is made for. You can let air in and you get a large buoy, you can enter it with your body to keep the water around your body at a higher temperature (the water is heated by your loss of your body temperature). We thought it would be good to actually try this.

Buoy
We tried this and it works well. Even with BFT5 to 6 it was not hard to hold it upright. We took the picture from a small distance in bad light, dense rain. But if someone is looking for you this surely will help them find you:

The camera focused on the kayaks...
The camera focused on the kayaks… Distance if further than it looks because of default camera settings.

We also tried it at night time with adding a navylight in it to see if it would light up. The navylight just shined true it so no big light buoy there. What did work is using it on top (or bottom of the bag when you prepare it) to have a high place light. We have to test this in rougher conditions to see if with the added weight on top the bag will hold in tougher conditions.

To keep you warm
We will test this in winter conditions, just to see how effective this is.

As an aid to get you back in
If there is wind (and if you get in problems there is probably wind) you can let it inflate the bag as with the buoy idea. But if you close the bag (with elastics or a knot) you get a supersized paddlefloat. Tie it down to your kayak, get in between and you will be able to get in much easier. This still might be a problem in tough conditions so we will try this out in bigger waves and colder tempatures (will you get it done while getting cold hands).