Today a lad (who will remain anonymous), had his first venture out onto the sea on his kayak. Before the launch I asked if he had practiced his self rescues and was assured that his big game could be righted and re-mounted without drama and checked he had a pfd that look like it fitted snuggly and had a wading belt fitted round his waist of his neoprene waders. The lad had no vhf,no flares, no anchor, no drogue but did have neoprene top and one of those blue and white pfd's that I have seen given as freebies by some dealers. I had all my usual safety gear with me just in case (drogue,flares radio, tow line,gps,compas.) We launched out of Nth landing and although there was about 3-4 of swell it was smooth with very little wind at all and only a small tide. The fishing was very uneventful, fishing the ebb on a small tide as usual a waste of time at Flambro' but at least we got out. The sea was like glass but the fish just not playing ball, I bumped 6 fish off, they were just not having it. The new lad managed one just size fish which made his trip. About 8pm the wind was just starting to freshen from the sth east and with the flood (what there was ) beginning to push through it was getting just that bit more than I was comfortable playing minder in so we headed in with the promise of a bit of rescue practice in the bay. This is the start of my reason for posting this really, once we got back into the calm of the bay and off loaded the fishing gear we paddled out 40-50 yds and I said, Go on then time to get wet and show me these rescues." The lad tipped himself off and the look of shear panic combined with the gasps and the way the pfd was up round his ears was a sight I hope I don't see again. So I shouted calmly to him to slow down catch his breath and think about the situation and what he was going to do.Then told him how to right the yak and to climb on. Well that was that he continued to panic and gasp so I finally managed to get him to let go of his kayak and hold onto the stern of mine whilst I towed him the short distance in. I was gob smacked that the self rescues the lad had assured me he had down was very very much not anyway near where it needed to be . We had a chat onshore about how things could have been if he had been tipped whilst out and how much more difficult in a 'real' situation that self rescue would be , I now know that before I will go out with anyone I don't know has the skills down I will be asking for a demonstration as it really doesn't bare thinking about what could have been but grown adults and all that you have to accept what someone tells you when they say they have had the kayak for some time and practiced lots . Once back onshore even after just a very short time in the water the neoprene waders,even with a wading belt, had so much water in the legs the lad could hardly lift his feet let alone climb back on the yak or swim. It only confirmed my opinion that neoprene waders are for fishing from the shore and not paddling in. I remember a post on here a while ago about how someone else found it nearly impossible to swim at all in the waders. For the sake of less than Â£50 for a 5mm farmer john wetsuit, I still can't understand why folk risk it ! The lad learnt a big lesson today or more like several lessons, one being that he needs to get kayak specific kit that fits well, such as a wetsuit and a better quality pfd. He also learnt that the sea is not like practicing the re mount in a calm warm river. Hopefully next time he will be able to show me the climb back aboard before we head out because no way will we be going out otherwise. The pfd looked fine fitted snuggly but in use for what it is supposed to do, assist the wearer when in the water, it was crap ! and I have seen several of the members on here wearing the same device, but I ve not seen one of the same for sale in the watersports specialists I ve been in.....not something I would put my life in the hands of ! Waders...well each to there own but tonight just confirmed what I thought, in a fishing situation they are fine but get into the doggy do do and they aren't ! Just a few thoughts . Cheers Jellyworm.