Scotty Marine's Paddle Leash packs a lot of good features into one
product. First of all, there is a risk of getting tangled in one's
paddle tether, so the shorter tether cord the better. Yet the tether
cord needs to be long enough to let you move through all your paddle
stroke ranges of motion including rolling. So a stretchy cord is better
than a rope tether, and a coiled cord stretches even more than a bungee
cord. The Scotty Marine Paddle Leash combines a coil cord with clips at
both ends so you can disconnect it at either end -- another safety
feature in case you get fouled up in it. The Paddle Leash comes with two
figure "8" loops to put on your paddle and spare paddle. With these
loops in place it is quick and easy to clip the tether to your paddles.
When not using the paddle tether, you can clip both ends to the bungees
in front of your cockpit so the tether will always be ready when needed.
Note there are situations when it is dangerous to tether your
paddle, and other times when tethers can come unclipped or break
accidently. So never rely on a paddle tether as your first line of
defense -- use it as a back-up in case you drop your paddle by mistake.
Carry a spare paddle and practice wet exits and rescues until you can do
them without letting go of your paddle. Don't tether your paddle in
surf or fast, swirly currents.