This Youtube video is an excellent reason why paddlers should take lessons before heading off on their own. At least this fellow is trying out his skills in a controlled environment with at least two people on the dock that could assist him if necessary. A paddle float reentry is quite easy when you do it right and there are a number of things that this fellow is not doing right. Come join me for a paddle sometime and we can talk about it and practise before you need it for real.
So now that we've seen how NOT to do the paddle float entry, let's have a look at doing it in a better way:
For more videos like this, see the Sea Kayaking TV channel on YouTube.