Strokes and Manuevers


Strokes and Manuevers - Colvos Passage

One day, in-depth, strokes and maneuvers clinic to improve your paddling efficiency.

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/III
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 10 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Maximum Currents: 3 kts
  • Pace: moderate

Olalla Bay boat Launch and parking lot, ready to paddle at 9AM

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. An efficient forward stroke makes you go faster with less effort and make longer trips. Improving your strokes makes kayaking more fun! It provides you the fundamentals for training later in wind, waves, current, and surf.

In this clinic, we start with the fundamentals and “layer” our way up. We’ll cover edging, turning, bracing, sideways movement, forward, and backward strokes.

Open to mountaineers members only.


Colvos Passage

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Immersion wear required.  Both Euro and Greenland paddles welcome. 

There is no restroom near the boat launch.

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