Maneuvering strokes


Maneuvering strokes - Port Washington Narrows

Does not cover forward or reverse strokes. This clinic covers edging, bracing, turning techniques for maneuvering the boat with the least effort and minimum loss of momentum.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Sea Kayak II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.0 nm
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Meandering

Meet at 8:45am (Seattle folks can take the 7:30am ferry) at the boat launch at Evergreen-Rotary Park in Bremerton. 

Bring lunch

There’s much more to maneuvering your boat than just forward, reverse, and braking on one side to turn. Learning the maneuvering strokes allows you to control your boat better in wind or waves, or simply to make the boat go where you want it with the least amount of effort.  Improving your strokes makes kayaking more fun! It provides you the fundamentals for training later in wind, waves, current, rock gardens, and surf.

We’ll cover edging, turning, bracing, sideways movement. Forward and reverse strokes are covered in a separate clinic.

You should only take this clinic if you are planning to paddle frequently during the winter. If not, wait until spring next year.


Port Washington Narrows

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Same gear as for a sea kayaking trip. We'll be staying close to shore so you won't need much gear.

Trip Reports