Safety gear that we bring every time we launch our sea kayaks includes a contact tow.
A contact tow is a short tow line set up to perform a wide variety of functions. It is attached to the deck lines in front of your cockpit, where it can be easily reached. It should connect quickly and simply with wide gate stainless steel carabiners. Being able to vary the length of the contact tow line allows you to tow different length boats. As with all towing systems, some method of quick release is essential. A contact tow can be used to tow short distances; it can also be used to bring a boat to a swimmer, which is easier than towing a swimmer to their boat.