Kayak Instruction Excellence – Kayak Whitewater – Sea/Coastal Kayak Instructor and Staff Training

Images from Arco Olympic Training Center, San Diego 1996

Group Catch Power Recovery

Order of paddlers from left to right: Recovery, Wind-up, Midstroke (power).

Think in at the feet, out at the shorts.
Don’t want to lift water by bringing the paddle back
too far before the recovery.

Great to practice technique on flat water a couple of times a week.

Side View

Side View – Note forward tilt of torso, straight arms, knee position under flowery skirt.

Group Two

These guys are using wing paddles,
so they always move slightly away from the boat to catch “fresh” water.

Front

Back

Note torso rotation and arm position.

Group from the back

One visualization I like that I learned at this clinic:

Wind-up as if to spear a fish, maintain the box (elbows at ninety degrees), plant
the paddle, unwind, recover. Keep the top hand above the bow the whole time (so you
can see the bow under the hand).

Return to wind-up, pause 10% of the stroke.

This is a racing or power stroke, for touring just lower the arms and slow down.