22 thoughts on “Kayaking-Basic Paddling Techniques

  1. Nick Jung

    Good Tips. I just purchased a pungo 120 like the one used in this video. 

  2. Eff Yiew

    The torso thing is so important. I recently bought my kayak and have gone
    out twice. Both times I just paddled naturally, using my arms mostly. But
    it doesn’t take long to get my arms and shoulders tired! I decided to look
    up other methods and found this video. I just went out yesterday and after
    watching this video I kept my arms more stiff and twisted my torso to
    generate power. Honestly, I felt like my power, and my speed, doubled.
    And no tiredness in my shoulders! 

  3. kbld1

    As a ‘newbie’ to kayaking, it would have been nice to see how you get into
    the kayak. Between the camera being too close and a graphic that pops up, I
    don’t see how how you got in. I find the couple times I try this, the kayak
    is very unstable. 

  4. Mark Stafford

    “Lean it like you mean it” Bad video production. This is a pretty
    important part of kayaking. You should have recorded a wide shot and a
    side shot. The video is not informative for this proceedure. 

  5. Alex McGruer

    I am going to answer some of these queries as no one else has. My dealings
    with recreational kayaks is restricted to teaching kids the very basics and
    while they have a place in the paddling kingdom , it’s not where I paddle.
    I am a sea kayaker.
    Entys and exits in this video are pretty well presented here but remember
    this is a wide bus of a boat and the guy preenting could get in and out at
    a flat run along the beach and seal launches may be OK with him too. What
    he dis was basic and good if you have bad balance or some problem like
    arthritis (me) . This meathod can be tweeked for most circumstances
    including dock side or pools.
    Torso rotation is a pivotal part of paddling . Sorry , it just came out
    that way. Let the big muscles, torso and legs do the grunt work. This takes
    a long time to perfect. years: How many? I will tell you when I have it
    perfected.
    Paddle Offset. 30 years ago Derrick Hutchinson and his generation taught
    and promoted 90 degree offset paddles to defeat wind issues . This angle
    was much to steep to allow real comfortable paddling, It moved from there
    to 60 degrees and nornally they are set at closer to 30 degrees now. This
    is not for wind but rather ergonomics. This angle best treats your body
    rotation and the way your arms and shoulders simply let the blade hit the
    water at each stroke with no effort. My best angle is 18 degrees and on a
    long trip i will set my take down paddle to 18 degrees and use electrical
    tape to keep it there. On club paddles i simply leave it at 30 as there is
    not a huge difference. The Eskimos or Inuit used a Greenland paddle with no
    offset , purists still use that paddle and it works very well. Wind is not
    the primary reasoning here. It you can’t use a straight blade in the wind
    you shouldn’t be there. Greenland blades again are straight and the best in
    foul weather. You don’t want to be out in high winds in a rec boat.
    I would highly recommend anyone interested i kayaking get courses; real
    courses. For a pond this and some self rescue practice may sort of do.
    That is of course what these boats are made for, The ocean would summon a
    different sort of kayak and white water yet another.

  6. daisy8luke

    Great vid. I’m a big guy and lack your flexibility. I just get the yak in
    float-deep water and straddle it near the nose, then pull it underneath me
    until the seat is under my butt, and sit down. Works pretty much the same
    but in revers for getting out!

  7. Psycho Tank

    Why is the Closed Captioning so terrible? I wanted to share this with my
    Deaf girlfriend and the Captioning is so bad I ended up having to interpret
    the whole video??

  8. Wilburn Crane

    Just bought a kayak last week. Good thing I watched this video. Thanks for
    sharing it

  9. KobeConfidence

    The more u practice, the better you get at it. If I wasn’t in my kayak,
    I’d probably tell someone how to do the strokes wrong even though I know
    how to do them. Every once in a while I’ll accidently do the wrong turn
    but really I’ve just noticed to more I actually do it, the easier the
    strokes become.

  10. Jayson Kriedler

    Good tutorial but he doesn’t know the difference between “parallel” and
    “perpendicular”!

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