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Doing it all backwards part 2.

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So, I was supposed to spend one more day visiting my mum when I got the call from Torbjörn, who runs Nautopp Sea Kayaking in Lysekil, asking me if I would be interested in joining them during a training session with the Search and Rescue team. Of course I wanted to! (Sorry mum, I will make it up to you.)

So catching a train one day earlier to make sure I get there on time, I was very excited (I think we all were) when the helicopter landed on a hill close to where Torbjörn and Kathrine run their kayak center. Out of the helicopter jumped 4 guys; two pilots, one technichan and one rescue swimmer. After a safety briefing we all agreed on what type of excersizes we were going to focus on and off we went. Paddling just a short distance out of the harbor we stopped, rafted up and then the helicopter was hovering over our heads to make us aware of the forces it can produce in the air above us. Windgusts of 20-25 m/sec created waves underneath the hulls of our kayaks and we realized that this was the first time we have ever been surfing on helicopter waves. Even though the winds got pretty strong, they never got us out of balance when we were rafted together. One by one, that would have been a different story.

Three of us were lucky to get the chance to be winched up into the helicopter and that was quite an experience. Too bad the helicopter team was that efficient and good at what they were doing, cause I would have liked the ride in the air to last longer. We quickly understood that these guys were very professional. Of course, we weren’t expecting anything else, but it was great to see how fast and effecient they were working.

So roughly 20 minutes after having left the harbor we suddenly were walking on the ground again, in our drysuits but with no paddles and no kayaks. It felt a bit weird, but I guess it was just the adrenaline pumping…

Thank you so much Torbjörn, Kathrine, Tim, Ulrika (not this Ulrika), Ivan and the whole helicopter crew for making this all possible. I think all of us learned something that evening. And of course, I’m looking forward to a continuation, if there will be one.

The team a bit pumped before the exercize started.

The team a bit pumped before the exercize started.

Cool team in the air.

Cool team in the air.

Is that a nervous laugh or a laugh of joy Ulrika?

Is that a nervous laugh or a laugh of joy Ulrika?

A moment of terror? A moment of tranquility? A moment of fibbling with something completely different?

A moment of terror? A moment of tranquility? A moment of fibbling with something completely different?

Jens, the rescue swimmer seemed to be enjoying his time in the water.

Jens, the rescue swimmer seemed to be enjoying his time in the water.

Luckily my boat was towed back to the harbour by a strong paddler.

Luckily my boat was towed back to the harbour by a strong paddler.

Torbjörn safely in the air.

Torbjörn safely in the air.

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