Advanced Stroking For Kayaking

When a kayaker becomes advanced and is ready to move up to the exciting and dangerous waters of the higher rapid classes they need to know more advanced paddling techniques in order to handle these waters and be able to maneuver out of dangerous situations and avoid rocks and other debris.

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The lower brace stroke is one of these and is also called the lower support stroke, as that is what it does, these strokes are used to prevent the kayak from tipping or capsizing. The most important part of this is the hips, this is known as a J lean. The body remains vertical while the kayak is tipped, this can prevent the kayak from capsizing. Using the paddles and using a combination of brace and support strokes to chop into the water, taking the kayak out of the danger zone.


The sculling draw is also a technique that should be learn, this is the capability of making the kayak move sideways in order to dock with other kayaks and can be helpful in and emergency situation. To do the sculling draw, the paddle is held in a normal forward hold, turning the body to the side, the paddle is inserted in the water. The paddle is placed in the water at a nearly a vertical angle, the upper arm must be bent at and almost ninety degree angle. The power face of the paddle must be faced toward the kayak.

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Edging is another technique that is important to know whether a beginner or an advanced kayaker, this is using the legs to aid in conjunction with the paddles to turn the kayak either left or right.

Other paddling techniques that can be learned and maybe helpful in some situations are rescue paddling techniques, moving water, and coastal navigation. Costal navigation can be tricky when in the rougher waters that are found in the higher classes of whitewater and need to be mastered in order to leave the water when needed.