The low brace turn is one of the best ways to turn the kayak while in motion.
One of the things you may find difficult when you’re first learning how to kayak is turning the kayak. There are basically two things that you can always try when you’re first learning how to kayak. First, some kayaks come with rudders built in, though this is not recommended, as you will not have as much control over where your kayak is going as you might. Next, there are the sweep strokes, but these are not always useful.
The low brace turn is a good stroke to learn if you are looking for something that is especially useful while your kayak is still in motion. This is also the type of turn that you will want to learn if you are planning on going kayaking in whitewater.
One thing to keep in mind while you are doing the low brace turn is that you’ll need to keep your elbow at an almost 90 degree angle with the paddle shaft. That way, you’ll be able to keep yourself from getting any injuries when you’re performing the low brace turn.
The first thing you need to do in order to work on learning this turn is to start kayaking forward. (Unlike most other kayaking strokes, the low brace turn has to be learned while you are in motion). Next, put the paddle blade flat on the water on the side of the kayak that you are trying to turn toward. This will both support your kayak, and it will also drag that side of the kayak around, turning you.
Something to keep in mind when you’re performing the low brace turn is that it is very easy to slow your kayak down too far if you do not pick up the kayak paddle right after you have made the turn.