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Essential Kayaking Strokes


From the University of Sea Kayaking
Directed by Wayne Horodowich
The sixth volume in the popular USK "In-Depth" instructional series

Anyone can grab a paddle, jump in a kayak and use that paddle to move that kayak. However, if you want to get the most out of your strokes and minimize overuse injuries, proper training and instruction are vital. There is a lot more to a stroke than just moving your paddle. Proper fit in your kayak, selecting the right paddle, holding the paddle properly, correct body movements and proper blade placements are just some of the components that make up an efficient stroke, aside from reducing the chance of getting overuse injuries.

Since paddlers come in all shapes and sizes, we believe there are many ways to perform the same stroke. The stroke you choose to use should take into account your paddle design, your boat design, your strength and endurance, and the environmental conditions.

Getting your kayak to your final destination is a combination of using the correct strokes and manipulating your kayak with your body. This video provides you with a comprehensive list of strokes and a detailed explanation of how to perform each of those strokes efficiently. If you are new to paddling the information in this video is absolutely essential if you want to get the most out of your strokes. If you are a seasoned paddler, we guarantee you will find valuable information that can help improve your strokes, since there is always something new to learn.

Running Time: 208 minutes (3 hours 28 minutes)
Chapter Stops: 81 (printed list included)

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