Strokes and Manuevers


Strokes and Manuevers - Kitsap Lake

Improving efficiency & performance

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  • Sea Kayak I/II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm

9:30am at the Kitsap Lake Park (City of Bremerton) Park. This is on the SE corner of the lake, not to be confused with the DFW park on the SW corner. Click on Kitsap Lake Park hyperlink for Google Map directions.

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 two-day clinic, we start with the fundamentals and “layer” our way up. We’ll cover edging, turning, bracing, sideways movement, forward, and backward strokes. You’ll have the opportunity to be videoed both days and see what you need to work on next, a highly effective learning tool. With a limit of four students you will receive personal attention. Both Euro and Greenland paddles welcome. The strokes I show will work for both.

The clinic will take place at Kitsap Lake Park, a very protected lake in Bremerton. I’ll have some floating objects to use for us to maneuver around. We can watch the video in the comfort of my home, a few blocks away.

I have a couple of spare rooms in my house Saturday night for those most distant from me. Optional potluck Saturday night.

Immersion wear required. Both Euro and Greenland paddles welcome. 

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Immersion wear required. Both Euro and Greenland paddles welcome. 

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