The Paddling Environment:

The Terminology of Paddling:
  • Wind
  • Types of strokes: power, turning & bracing
  • Waves
  • Stroke components: catch, propulsion, recovery, control and correction
  • Weather
  • Effective Body Usage and Bio-Kinetics
  • Water
  • Use of larger torso muscles

Personal Preparation:

  • Arms as struts connecting paddle to torso
  • Personal Ability
  • Avoidance of positions that contribute to shoulder injury or dislocations
  • Swimming Ability
Getting Started:
  • Water comfort & confidence
  • Launching, carries, landing 
  • Fitness, conditioning, and warm up
  • Water confidence and comfort 
  • Safe paddle and boat handling
  • Rescue Priorities: People, gear, & boats 
  • Safety and rescue considerations
  • The Terminology of Paddling (frequently blended in with stroke instruction)

  • Personal equipment (reviewed by Instructor)
  • Types of strokes: power, turning & bracing
  • Judgment. In addition to learning hard skills, the importance of developing personal judgment and group responsibility increases on more difficult paddling venues.
  • The Terminology of Paddling (frequently blended in with stroke instruction) 

Water Comfort:

  • Types of strokes: power, turning & bracing 
  • Launching, carries, landing
  • Stroke components: catch, propulsion, recovery, control and correction
  • Water confidence and comfort
  • Stroke components: catch, propulsion, recovery, control and correction

  • Wet exits
  • Effective Body Usage and Bio-Kinetics
  • How to empty a kayak
  • Use of larger torso muscles
  • Rescue Priorities: People, gear, & boats
  • Arms as struts connecting paddle to torso

 

  • Avoidance of positions that contribute to shoulder injury or dislocations