For optimum performance, there are rules for holding the paddle just as

there are rules for holding a golf club or bow and arrow. The correct grip

makes the whole process more efficient. Learning that grip and using it

every time you pick up the paddle will cause that paddle to become an

extension of your arm through which you can feel differences in the water

and 먹튀검증 the effect of your strokes.

To grip the paddle correctly, grasp the shaft with both hands over your

head and your elbows at right angle (90U) equal-distant to the blades.

Your dominant, or control hand should have a straight wrist and the power

(concave) side of the blade should be facing the water. Bring the paddle

and yours arms straight down in front of you without loosening the control

hand. The blade on the control side should now be vertical with the power

side of the blade facing forward. Without using a death grip, the control

hand should never allow the paddle to rotate ? that is done solely by the

opposite hand. Transferring this grip into a stroke will occur in the next


Practice Capsizing/Righting the Kayak

Although it is very frustrating to think that you have been doing all this

preparation and have still not moved anywhere in the kayak, it is vitally

important to experience each of these steps to insure your safety on the

water. Another important skill to practice before actually needing it is how

to capsize the kayak, get out of it and then get back into it. A

qualified instructor or an experienced partner can help you do this so that

it becomes an automatic response.

The first rule about capsizing may seem counter-intuitive ? do not try to

get out of the kayak as it is going over! Curl your body forward and stay in

the boat until it is completely turned over! It is imperative that you stay

calm so that you don’t use up too much oxygen or lose it altogether. If it

seems a little intimidating to roll in calm water, just imagine what would

happen moving downstream!

As soon as the kayak is upside down, bang on the sides a few times as hard

as you can to attract attention and wave your arms, signaling for help. After

a few seconds, you are ready to exit the kayak.

The Wet Exit

The easiest and safest way to exit from a capsized kayak is to maintain a

forward curl position with your chin tucked towards your chest. This not

only makes the process faster, but helps to protect your head from

underwater obstacle. Then, perform a forward roll motion holding on the

kayak with one hand and drawing your legs smoothly out of the cockpit.

If you are wearing a spray deck, wait until you are oriented upside down,

hold the paddle to your midsection, pull the handle to release the cover and

draw your legs out. You should perfect this move first without using the

spray deck, then practice with it.

With the aid of the PFD, you will easily come to the surface. Hopefully, you

still have hold of your paddle and the kayak and can either head for shore,

have another kayaker assist you or perform an unassisted rescue.


As a safety measure in the arctic, Inuit Indians learned how to roll their

water craft as a way of avoiding getting out into the cold water after

capsizing. When it is done frequently enough, it becomes an almost

continuous motion ? hence the name ‘Roll’. The process has developed

into numerous different techniques but they are all based on the same

general principles.

From the ‘start position’, where you are gripping the paddle in both hands

alongside the kayak, lean to that side until you capsize.

Once you are completely turned over, elevate your back arm out of the

water onto the back of the kayak.

Sweep the front paddle in a large arc across the top of the water and arch

your back to the rear deck as you continue the sweep.

While bending from the waist to continue bringing the kayak around, keep

your head back along the deck until the kayak is righted, then sit up.

The same roll can be done with a brace motion instead of a sweep. 


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