Advanced Kayaking Strokes With Paddles

Once a kayaker has mastered basic kayaking and paddling they enjoy the sport and it is only natural to move up, this means learning other paddling maneuvers. There are several paddling strokes that can keep a kayaker not only moving but also safe in rough waters that can be found once a kayaker has moved up to the intermediate level.

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One of these paddling maneuvers is using the legs at the same time as using the torso is called power paddling, this may become necessary in some types of water. The legs help to power the torso as the paddle slices in the water and this is also known as leg bracing. There is also a name for this type of paddling and it is called the leg drive.


A maneuver called the drive or drive phase is a stroke that is driven by the torso rotation at the same time the arms stay in a fixed position. This stroke is done properly when the hand that is placed on the top of the paddle holds the arm straight at eye height with the elbow bent.

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Reverse paddling has a proper method to doing it correctly to get the full advantage without stress or strain on the body. Do not lean back in the kayak instead turn the torso so that the shoulders are facing the front and back of the kayak, putting the blade in the water with the bottom hand and raising it with the top hand. When in the water it should be at about a forty-five degree angle and the pull with the blade should be close to the side of the kayak to have the full effect.

The draw stroke is one that is used when approaching jetties and other types of coastline. To master this stroke the torso is faced to the direction that the kayak is to move, the shaft of the paddle is kept at the height of the forehead, the bottom hand lines the shaft of the paddle up with the hips close to the side of the kayak and the blade is put in the water parallel to the hull. Prior to the blade striking the side of the hull, the blade should be rotated ninety degrees, it is important not to lean on the blade.