Boat Control Clinic


Boat Control Clinic - Lake Washington: Concrete Beach

Develop a performance forward stroke

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  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 15 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 2 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 1 kts
  • Pace: Moderate

Meet at Concrete Beach for a 9AM start.  We will finish at Noon.

We will launch from the beach in front of Sail Sandpoint.  There is a porta potty here.



Learn a performance forward stroke:

  • Paddle with relaxed grace
  • Pull into the wind with ease
  • Assist tired paddlers with a tow
  • Cruise effortlessly all day long

Forward stroke is our most used and most important stroke and the most subtle. Since we will do more forward strokes than all other strokes, it benefits us to make our forward stroke as effective as possible. There are multiple component movements that must be coordinated to make the most effective and efficient stroke. Left to ourselves, most of us don’t discover these movements and fall into a technique that uses only parts of our body. In the workshop, we will coach you a higher performance forward stroke that will bring unlimited reward or, at least, allow you to paddle with power when needed and efficiently when able.


  • Watch this brief introduction video by Mike Aronoff
  • For greater depth, ready my (very DRAFT) document

Note that I'm also teaching clinic on sweep stroke and edging in the afternoon. If this is your first boat control clinic, I recommend taking only one of the clinics to focus on one skill.  If you have some experience, then do sign up for both.


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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

If you have it, bring a 3-4 foot wood dowel, piece of pipe, or straight branch to use as a dummy paddle for on-land practice.

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