Forward and Backward Strokes
Before describing specific strokes, there are several basic pointers to
always keep in mind.
- It’s all in the torso! The rotation of your torso and shoulders
supplies the power and 먹튀사이트 reach for each stroke.
- Maintain control of the paddle! Keeping a secure grip with the
control hand and allowing rotation in the opposite hand
maintains the effectiveness of each stroke.
- Don’t drown the paddle! A silly statement, but it serves to point
out that the blade of the paddle should remain underwater during
the power phase of the stroke, but as close to the surface as
possible, except for particular exceptions.
For a good forward stroke, you need to insert the blade cleanly into the
water as close to the edge of the kayak as possible with the power side of
the blade at a right angle to the direction of motion. Your lower arm should
remain straight until the very end of the stroke.
Pull on the lower shaft as is it is staked into the ground and move the kayak
Use your upper hand to push against the upper part of the shaft keeping
that elbow below or just at shoulder level. By the end of the stroke, that
arm will have come across in front of your face.
With rotation of the torso, continue to bring the lower blade alongside the
boat back to your hip. The upper hand will drop down and the lower elbow
will begin to bend.
At this point, you will be simultaneously lifting the lower arm and
extending the opposite arm forward and straight to be ready for the next
The backward stroke is essentially the same thing in reverse. You do not
change your grip on the shaft of the paddle. You will rotate your torso as
much as possible to place the blade as far back as possible.
With the paddle close to the edge of the boat, draw it back through the
water as you ‘untwist’ your torso.
When the blade reaches your feet, you will begin rotating to the opposite
side to be ready to plant that blade in the water.
Remember to keep the water arm straight so you are truly transferring the
power of your core to the paddle.
Simply ceasing to paddle will not stop a kayak. Stopping it requires you to
stick the blade into the water right at your side with the blade
perpendicular to the kayak. Try to hold the paddle straight until the
resistance begins to turn the kayak. Quickly stick the paddle into the water
at the other side and repeat the procedure until you have stopped.