Golden Rules of Kayaking for Beginners

Golden Rules of Kayaking for Beginners


This episode of PaddleTV is brought to you
by the American Canoe Association. Improving the paddle sports experience for over a century. Learn more and become a member today at americancanoe.org The 3 Golden Rules are a set of rules that
when followed, will let you paddle the most efficiently, and help keep you safe on the
water. You need to use the power of torso rotation for all your strokes. You need to choose an appropriate paddling location. And you need to have a plan in case you capsize. Using the power of torso rotation for all
your strokes means engaging your whole upper body for your strokes, and not just using
the muscles in your arms. To do this, you need to twist at the waist
when you take a stroke rather than just pulling with your arms. For example, when taking a forward stroke, your reach forward shouldn’t just involve your arms. It should involve your whole upper body. This means that if I’m reaching forward to
take a stroke with my left blade, I’ll push my left shoulder forward and rotate my upper
body to the right. Now when I plant my blade in the water and
pull on it, I’m not just pulling with my arms, but with my whole upper body. The second Golden Rule is to choose an appropriate
paddling location for your skill level. The ideal kayaking environment has protection
from wind and waves, good access point for launching and landing, lots of places to easily
go ashore, and minimal motorized boat traffic. Look for calm bays, or quiet lakes and river
ways without noticeable current. As a general rule, if you venture into water that isn’t
protected from wind and waves, and/or if you travel further from shore than you can comfortably
swim, you’re entering a new world. A world in which you’ll need to protect yourself and
the people you’re paddling with by taking a sea kayaking course, which among other things,
teaches you valuable, exposed water rescue skills. The 3rd Golden Rule, is to have a plan that
you’re confident being able to execute in the case that you capsize, and the first thing
you need to know, is whether or not you can reenter your kayak from the water, which means
you need to practice doing it before heading out. If you find you’re unable to reenter the kayak,
or you just don’t have any desire to try, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the wonders
of kayaking – it just means that you should always stay close enough to shore so that
you can comfortably swim to land. One thing that I can tell you, is that reentering
a sit on top kayak is a LOT easier than reentering a sit inside kayak, because it won’t swamp. And so sit on top kayaks are more versatile
for the average recreational kayaker. So there you have it – the 3 Golden Rules
of kayaking. I hope you’ve found this video helpful, and
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