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.

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 3.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 2 kts
  • Pace: Meandering

8:50am meet time, Evergreen-Rotary Park in Bremerton.  

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.

Participants who won't be paddling this winter should wait to take this clinic; to make it worth your while (and mine), you should plan to practice in the upcoming weeks.

If you have already paid once for a maneuvering strokes class, let me know and I will sign you up fee-free.

Note there is another Maneuvering strokes clinic this same day already in Seattle, at Concrete Beach, which may be more convenient for east-side residents.


Port Washington Narrows

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Same gear as for a sea kayaking trip. We won't be straying far from the launch.

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