Kayaking-Basic Paddling Techniques

For the first video in this series, please click here: http://www.monkeysee.com/play/18497-kayaking
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Learn about rolling in a kayak. This video clip series will discuss and teach you some valuable maneuvers you might need the next time you’re on the water.

Expert: Janet Burnett Cowie
Contact: www.kayaklesson.com
Bio: Janet Burnett Cowie has been teaching kayaking since 1982 and is an ACA Swiftwater Rescue instructor, tandem and solo canoe instructor and an ACA whitewater kayak instructor trainer.
Filmmaker: Christian Munoz-Donoso
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39 Responses to Kayaking-Basic Paddling Techniques

  1. phillip bethea says:

    thanks for the good info

  2. Jayson Kriedler says:

    Good tutorial but he doesn't know the difference between "parallel" and "perpendicular"!

  3. KobeConfidence says:

    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.

  4. Debi Mason says:

    Thank you!

  5. Wilburn Crane says:

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

  6. Lon Kincannon says:

    I like the straight arms and torso rotation.

  7. Psycho Tank says:

    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. Mila Djordjevic says:

    this video is so helpful! THANKS SO MUCH!

  9. Yahir Guzman says:

    Thanks I am in a kayak so I wanted to know haw to do it right 

  10. daisy8luke says:

    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!

  11. c fedyszyn says:

    thank you.  I'll practice those techniques.

  12. Alex McGruer says:

    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.

  13. Mark Stafford says:

    "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. 

  14. kbld1 says:

    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. 

  15. Eff Yiew says:

    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!  

  16. Nick Jung says:

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

  17. Andy Mulcair says:

    Lean it like you mean it

  18. 1313neoos says:

    you can used same blade angle as long is not windy

  19. heavensgate1313 says:

    Easy . Good info

  20. Terrance Nyoni says:

    ive tried doing it 3 times but am still failing dont know why

  21. Buck Weet says:

    I thought we were gonna talk about it again…

  22. Eben Baker says:

    1st comment in 7 months

  23. James Herron says:

    if you want good kayak instruction watch whitewater tv

  24. MrOutdoorShaun says:

    @WUZIGULUHU the boat she is using is a wavesport ez

  25. 26soccerstriker says:

    These videos are stupid this lady brings her head up to fast and in any good white water shes not gonna be able to roll

  26. Maggot2607 says:

    @ivanjrt Regardless where you are…..there is always a possibility of flipping or "capsizing". This technique prevents the paddler having to perform a wet exit. There are many types of roll, but the most common, comfortable, reliable, safest and probably easiest is the C to C.

  27. ivanjrt says:

    why would you want to roll your kayak????? sorry for my ignorance

  28. GAM3BABIZZ says:

    @dylan00710 not until we went on rapids lol

  29. Dylan Vm says:

    @GAM3BABIZZ he wasn't going fast then i guess.

  30. GAM3BABIZZ says:

    @dylan00710 yes i have seen my friend kayaking this on a river in ireland which was very calm at the time

  31. Dylan Vm says:

    can this type of kayak be used to kayak on calm water?

  32. Rob C says:

    @MissGiggleyButt I like my 14' Necky Manitou w/skeg – it is a day touring kayak. For the reasons you mention good primary stability when I am taking a picture. I have done rivers – Class 1 and over nights with light gear. It edges well which lends to good bracing, turns and rolling. Try many, borrow, rent, demo days etc. Remember your first kayak will probably not be your last as your skill/needs change and evolve. Definetly go plastic – cheaper and take a beating.

  33. 4Freedomrider says:

    I just bought a Dagger Kayak and took it to the pool to practice rolls. My brother got a good laugh when I couldn't right myself. He asked if my frantic waving of my hands was the Kayaking version of a "TAP OUT". Lol. I guess I should have watched this first. Thanks

  34. jitskid831 says:

    @xkfalling thanks for the info.

  35. xkfalling says:

    @jitskid831 it is fairly easy to escape your boat if you cant roll, the problem is then if your on moving water people have to rescue you then your boat and paddle. I have seen a boat chased for almost a mile by 2 very expierenced boaters lol. Getting back in your boat you will have to do from shore so you can empty the water. With practice you should be able to get a roll down in a good day out. have fun

  36. jitskid831 says:

    How hard is it to get out of the kayak if u can't roll? And how hard is it to get back in when ur in deep water?

  37. GoneToHelenBach says:

    Check out the video 'twist and slice roll identifier'.

  38. stoichiometric says:

    @GoneToHelenBach Ye, alot of the tutorials suck, but its free :/

  39. WUZIGULUHU says:

    what kind of kayak is that