Kayak Strokes For Paddling

Kayak paddling is something that should be learned properly from the beginning to avoid any bad habits and it will make paddling a kayak less stressful on the body when good habits are formed.

Kayaking Lessons

Some of the basic kayaking paddling rules is to use the upper body letting the back and upper chest take over paddling rather than the arms. Using the arms will tire quickly making it either unbearable to continue paddling or can even cause strains in the muscles.

A successful basic paddle stroke is by holding the paddle correctly with the left hand mid way up the paddle and the right hand on the top of the paddle. Using the upper body in what is called a torso rotation, this is using the upper body turning so that the power going to the paddle is from the upper body this will give the paddle a clean sweeping motion through the water. With a double paddle doing this on each side of the kayak will result in the kayak going in a straight line rather than zigzagging.

Kayaking Lessons

One basic kayak paddle stroke is the forward stroke, this is done by holding the paddle with the hands approximately shoulder length apart, grabbing the water with the paddle blade and pull the kayak through the water.

The sweep stroke is another basic kayak paddling maneuver, this is a stroke that is used when turning to the right. To perform this stroke, the paddle blade is put in the water and then it is used to pull back on, this results in the kayak turning in the opposite direction.

The sweep stroke is another basic kayak paddling maneuver, this is a stroke that is used when turning to the right. To perform this stroke, the paddle blade is put in the water and then it is used to pull back on, this results in the kayak turning in the opposite direction.

The reverse sweep is also a good paddling basic to know, this stroke is used in a quick turn that is often necessary when kayaking. To perform this stroke, it is done the same as the forward sweep with the exception at instead of pulling the water to move the kayak forward, this stroke is used to push the water toward the front of the kayak.