Strokes and Manuevers


Strokes and Manuevers - Port Washington Narrows

Forward, reverse, and maneuvering strokes. Optional practice trip on Aug 11.

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  • *Varies*
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 3.0 nm
  • Maximum Wind: 12 kts
  • Maximum Waves: 1 ft
  • Pace: N/A

9:00am at Evergreen Rotary Park, 1500 Park Ave, Bremerton WA. Meet at the boat ramp.

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.

For those traveling a distance to get here, I have spare room in the downstairs for Saturday night; may need to bring a sleeping bag.

Sunday afternoon we will film individuals with your newly-learned skills. Bring an appetizer to share. My home is two minutes from the water.

Sunday, August 12th I have listed a trip where the focus will be practice. We'll do the "trail of the trolls!".

Note: No refunds for cancellation within two weeks of class.


Port Washington Narrows

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Immersion wear required (if it gets warm enough, that may be relaxed). Both Euro and Greenland paddles welcome. 

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