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Choosing the correct throwbag (a helping hand!)

Figure 1 IRF Instructor Tsering Chotak IRF workshop India 2018

By Mark Hirst

I am commonly advised from reliable sources that British kayaker Peter Knowles introduced throwbags to the market on a wide scale with his green slime throwbags back in the 1980s. Before this time people made their own throwbags ranging from rope stored in an empty plastic bottle to a tennis ball with a length of rope attached to it. These were the tools you used to rescue your fellow rafters or kayakers when they had taken a swim

As with any sport our technical understanding of new techniques & materials has rapidly changed over the past 30 years.

I myself partly owe my livelihood to the throwbag.  I spend day after day teaching students on how to use a throwbag. Whilst delivering raft guide courses & Rescue 3 courses around the world.

Some of the most common questions I am asked is

“Which is the best bag to buy” or “Which is the best throwbag”?

I have decided to compile this article to help you make an informed decision when purchasing your next throwbag or deciding which throwbag to use.

The article will be divided into 3 areas.

1st Throw bag construction & properties.

2nd Factors to think of when choosing a throwbag.

3rd Review of some the most popular throwbag on today’s market.



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