BE SAFE – WORK AS A TEAM – BE PREPARED
The steersperson is responsible for the equipment and gear and must assess conditions and crews abilities.
Before you go out each time: review the huli drill, know your teammates abilities and review the safety checklist.
Be sure you have several big bailers before you go out.
Be sure the log book is filled out each time you go out: online
To NOT huli:
- Keep centered. Sit up. Do not lean over gunnels, especially when switching sides. Keep hips loose and moving with the boat’s movement
- Be sure not to huli close to the dock. Keep your weight left as you load.
DO NOT REACH OUT TO GRAB THE DOCK AS YOU APPROACH AS THIS SHIFTS YOUR WEIGHT TO THE RIGHT!
- Seats close to iako watch ama and lean on iako if ama lifts
- Steers may ask all paddlers to lean left to shift weight onto the ama through rough water.
- Hold your paddle.
- Do not push away from boat as it goes over. The ama will be passing over your heads and you need to stay close to boat to ensure you do not get hit.
- Immediately after the huli, the steersperson asks for a head count and each seat, in order, loudly calls out his or her seat number for the steersperson to ensure everyone is okay. If someone is hurt or unable to help in righting the boat, seat 1 or 6 assists the injured person, keeping close to the end of the boat out of the way. The steersperson may assign a teammate to assist the disabled paddler and reassign duties to right the boat.
- Seats 1 or 6 can collect paddles or paddles can be placed back in the boat by tucking them under the overturned hull. The preferred method is placing paddles in the boat.
- The remaining paddlers must fill the positions with two paddlers on the hull and two paddlers below ama for the recovery.
- If the waves are big, the entire team turns the boat into the waves before the huli recovery.
- Be sure everyone stays with the boat. Do not leave the boat to get gear.
- Everyone must get in position and wait for others to get in position. Steersperson ensures everyone is ready and counts down to ensure team works together.
- Each seat has a specific duty for a huli recovery.
- Seat 6 is the steersperson. After taking the headcount and assessing for injuries, the steersperson will assist in the huli recovery verbally and physically but stay at the stern and out of the way. Keep everyone working together and focussed, instructing the paddlers throughout the recovery to get the boat quickly upright, bailed and moving.
- Be sure you know what your job is before you go out. These jobs do not need to be done by a specific seat. If there are reasons you want to do a job that is assigned to another seat (size, strength or ability) be sure this is clear before you go out.
- Stay at the front of the boat and help hold boat in position.
- When the ama is at it zenith, and pauses, seats 1 and 6 will give a slight lift to the hull (to remove as much water as possible).
Seats 2 and 5
- At the same time, seats 2 and 5 push up on the ama. Get low in the water and use your legs and kick hard to lift the ama. Be aligned with the iako so you can continue to push up on the iako to ensure the boat goes over. Always watch the ama to be sure that it does not come back down and hit you.
- Get in the boat from the non-ama side. Seats 2 and 5 will be first in the boat.
Seats 3 and 4
- Seats 3 and 4 –Climb onto hull using the iako and straddle hull.
- Seats 3 and 4 now step on muku and swing second leg behind keeping your weight low over the hull.
- Still standing on muku, lay stomach on hull and reach to grab iako or gunnel.
- On the steersperson’s instructions, when everyone is ready, seats 3 and 4 use their body weight to pull the iakus up, watching not to get hit by the iakos and ama as they pass over.
- When the iako is at it’s zenith, pause, and slow the ama descent.
- Directs the recovery process.
- When the ama is at it zenith, and pauses, seats 1 and 6 will give a slight life to the hull (to remove as much water as possible).
- Seat 6 will call entry to the boat.
- Seats 1, 3, 4 and 6 wait until seats 2 and 5 are in the boat.
- Seats 1, 3, 4 and 6 get into the boat from the ama side.
- First paddlers (seats 2 and 5) in boat starts bailing quickly with largest bailer.
- BAIL WHILE SEATED, THROW WATER TOWARDS THE AMA TO BE SURE YOUR BODY WEIGHT IS KEPT TO THE LEFT.
- Paddlers get in as quickly as possible to get out of the cold water. Paddlers can use the iako to help get in. Be aware of your team mates and help them into the boat if required.
- All paddlers as they get in the boat start bailing to empty the boat as quickly as possible.
- When steer deems it is time to start to paddle they will call for seats 1. 3, 4 and 6 to paddle, while seats 2 and 5 continue to bail.
- Be sure everyone is busy, either bailing or paddling to get warm.
WATCH THIS VIDEO
There is a contradiction between the instructions above and this video about turning the boat. For our waters the preferred method is turning the boat into the wind/waves. Click here if you have problems accessing the video below.