Boat Control Clinic


Boat Control Clinic - Sammamish River

Develop a performance forward stroke

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  • Sea Kayak I/II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 4.0 nm

Meet at Squires Landing Park in Kenmore.  Entrance is down an private apartment road on 175th. There is a small brown sign between 192 Brewpub and Pacific Topsoils. 

Arrive in time for a 1pm start.  We will finish by 4pm.  (Sunset 4:30pm)

By afternoon parking may be limited.  We may need to unload boats and park on the street.

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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.

Homework: Watch this set of coaching videos:

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Your kayak and paddle
  • Dress appropriately for the weather
  • Sit pad for land exercise (optional)
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