Kayaking Strokes

  • Forward Paddling
    Forward paddling seems easy, but there is room for improvement. Forward paddling is probably the most under-appreciated and under-practiced kayaking move.
  • Reverse Paddling
    Reverse paddling is an important kayaking technique.
  • Sculling for Support
    Sculling for support will keep you upright if your kayak is at rest.
  • Stopping your Kayak
    Stopping your kayak suddenly requires practice as well.
  • The Bow Rudder
    The bow rudder is related to the bow/draw rudder, but it is slightly easier to perform.
  • The Bow/Draw Rudder
    The bow/draw rudder is one of the hardest, but most efficient, kayaking strokes.
  • The Draw Stroke
    The draw stroke is an effective method of pulling your kayak to the side without turning.
  • The Forward Sweep Stroke
    The forward sweep stroke will help you turn your kayak effectively.
  • The High Support Stroke
    The high support stroke is more difficult, but will also prevent capsizing.
  • The Low Brace Turn
    The low brace turn is one of the best ways to turn the kayak while in motion.
  • The Low Support Stroke
    The low support stroke will help you maintain support while you're kayaking.
  • The Reverse Sweep Stroke
    The reverse sweep stroke is also highly important to learn in order to turn your kayak.
  • The Sculling Draw
    The sculling draw is another effective sideways kayaking move.
  • The Stern Rudder
    The stern rudder is an easy to learn form of steering your kayak.
  • The Support/Brace Strokes
    The support/brace strokes can help you avoid capsizing.

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