Strokes and Manuevers


Strokes and Manuevers - Kitsap Lake

Forward, reverse, and maneuvering strokes

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  • Sea Kayak II
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 5.0 nm

9:00am at Kitsap Lake Park, 1978 Price Road NW, Bremerton WA.

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.

Immersion wear is probably a good idea, but if the weather is hot enough then I may cancel that requirement. While we won't be practicing rescues, that sort of thing can happen!

Both Euro and Greenland paddles welcome. 

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Required Equipment

The ten essentials

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