Canoeing – How to Paddle Straight Back

Canoeing – How to Paddle Straight Back


Moving backwards in a solo canoe is one of
the more challenging things to do. You can’t easily see where you’re going, and you need
to use strokes that you won’t use on a regular basis. The most common stroke to use is the
reverse J-stroke because the pry at the end of the stroke helps move you in a straight
line. You can also use alternating reverse strokes and cross backstrokes to go straight
backward, although this combination works best in the beginning when you’re accelerating
from a still position. Moving backwards in a tandem canoe is challenging
because it involves a full reversal. The bow paddler is now responsible for steering the
canoe, which is best done with reverse J-stroke, while the stern paddler simply provides propulsion
with reverse strokes. Paddling comfortably backwards in a tandem will take lots of practice,
although it certainly isn’t a necessary skill. Unless you’re in a really tight spot, you’re
best to just pivot around and paddle forward.

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