Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Grip a Kayak Paddle

Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Grip a Kayak Paddle

Next thing we’re going to talk about is how
to grip the paddle. The first thing you want to do, like we had talked about earlier, make
sure you can read the labels when you grab the paddle. We already talked about the distance
on how far your hands should be apart. So, for me, I’ve got it on top of my head, my
arms are at a 90-degree and I end up with about 6 inches from the end of my hands to
the blades. So, when I grab the paddle, they’ll be an index on my right hand on a lot blade,
or the shaft will be oval shaped. So what you want to do, is when I grab that index,
I want this right blade to be straight up and down and my knuckles to be straight up
and down with that blade. That is the grip that I always need to keep. That right hand,
I never lose that grip no matter whether I’m paddling forwards or backwards. That grip
stays the same but what I want to do, is grab the left hand like this. I want to keep that
left hand nice and loose, see how I can rotate the blade in the left hand? So what I do there,
is when I take a stroke on my right side, I come across, and then I’ll bend my right
wrist and let the blade actually rotate, or the shaft rotate in my left hand and then
I’ll take a stroke on my left side. So one way you can do that, is you can actually make
the “OK” sign with this hand, see how I’ve got the “OK” sign? And you can just kind of
wrap those fingers and you can let it rotate in that hand. Most new kayaker?s want to get
a “death grip” on both hands on the paddle. Always have that left hand nice and loose.
So, it’s like this, rotates with my right wrists, keep my left wrist straight and then
take a stroke on this side.

3 thoughts on “Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Grip a Kayak Paddle

  • May 21, 2008 at 3:35 pm

    wtf this is a rowing boathouse?

  • August 11, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Hello and thanks for all the great tips!

  • April 17, 2014 at 3:50 am

    Thank you for the tips!! You are a great instructor! Very clear instructions.


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