Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Do Basic Forward Stroke in Kayaking

Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Do Basic Forward Stroke in Kayaking


Hi, this is Phil Meyer, on behalf of Expert
Village. We’re going to talk about forward stroke in a kayak. Now we’re going to break
this down into two steps. The first one in this video is going to be basic forward stroke.
The second video we’re going to have will be advanced forward stroke. In basic forward
stroke we’re going to talk about using just your arms. In advanced, we’re going to talk
about doing body rotation. So, in basic forward stroke, you want to grab the paddle like I
talked about earlier, having about six inches on either side, do the putting the shaft on
top of my head. Grab it in the correct position. When I go to put the paddle in the water,
I basically want to reach forward. The blade is going to end up in front of my feet about
three quarters in the water, that’s three quarters of the blade in the water, and what
I want to do is pull back with the hand that’s closest to the blade in the water, and I also
want to push out with the blade that’s on top of the water. So basically I’m pulling
with one hand, punching out with my other hand. So, plant the blade in the water in
front of my feet, bring back towards my body, pushing out with my other hand. When I get
parallel with my body, I want to bring the blade straight up out of the water and get
ready to do the next stroke. The blade on the left side will already be in the right
position. Reach out, do the same thing on my left side. So let me get down on the ground,
just show you real quick in that position. So I’m sitting in my kayak, just like before,
got my knees slightly bent. I want to reach out with this blade, see where the blade is
in position to where my feet are? The blade will be three quarters in the water. As I
bring the paddle back to me, I want to punch out with this upper hand, towards the center
of the boat. One way that American Canoe Association teaches you to paddle, they pretend that there’s
a monkey sitting on the bow of your boat, if you don’t like monkeys pick clowns, either
one, but basically as you’re pulling back with this blade, you’re punching out, trying
to punch that monkey that’s sitting on the bow of your boat. So in a minute I’ll go ahead
and demonstrate this on the water for you. So now I’m going to demonstrate a beginning
forward stroke. What I want to do is put the paddle in the water by my feet, pull back
with this hand, and punch out with the other hand. Now it’s a little windy so it’s going
to be hard for you to see, but I’ll demonstrate it. Pulling and punching at the same time,
see how I’m just using my arms to do this? And now let me pivot where I’m coming at you.
So again, pulling with one hand, punching with the other. And that’s your basic beginning
forward stroke.

19 thoughts on “Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Do Basic Forward Stroke in Kayaking

  • April 21, 2008 at 9:18 pm
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    great tips,
    thanks
    G

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  • October 26, 2008 at 11:45 pm
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    good boobs

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  • August 29, 2010 at 10:58 am
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    lol he said 'stroke'

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  • August 30, 2010 at 4:38 am
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    i like the paddle you have ware did you get it from

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  • January 21, 2011 at 6:02 am
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    forward stroke, six inches on each side, shaft on my head, spank the monkey????
    Dude has boobs!
    Seriously though, I do plan to use this information and his other videos.

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  • March 6, 2011 at 2:19 am
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    @K0K4NE and whats so funny about that??

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  • July 2, 2011 at 6:29 pm
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    @K0K4NE lol he also said "shaft"

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  • July 31, 2011 at 12:34 pm
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    @PavePaws what the fuck

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  • September 28, 2011 at 2:02 pm
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    Man Boobs (*)Y(*) LAME!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • June 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm
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    There not boobs, there called pecks 🙂

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  • August 14, 2013 at 10:35 pm
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    I dont need tips from this freak

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  • September 1, 2013 at 3:37 am
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    People. People. Just move on if you do not have nice to say. Really.

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  • September 2, 2013 at 12:46 pm
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    Thanks for the tips and techniques….

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  • December 2, 2013 at 4:18 am
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    Paddling a canoe?
    Thats a paddlin'

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  • June 11, 2014 at 3:02 pm
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    Worst advice ever. Telling you to start out by paddling wrong with no body rotation, just awful!

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  • April 8, 2015 at 8:21 pm
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    i went kayaking for time this past wkend. My hands hit the side of the kayak many times. Would this be bad technique or wrong size paddle.

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  • May 8, 2015 at 4:58 am
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    I always chose my paddle by standing it on the floor and reaching up with my had..  The one that my finger tips just go over the end and somewhat secure it I purchase..  They have always been plenty long using that method  /shrug

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  • July 29, 2016 at 5:55 pm
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    great video thank you today will be my first

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  • October 12, 2016 at 2:40 am
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    Good tips

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