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5 Fundamentals of Paddling. Balance. Sit low and center in the boat Loose hips Importance Stable boat Boat direction Quick reaction. Bad The bow paddler is holding the gunnels, which throws off the balance of the boat. Good The stern paddler is keeping his weight and head centered in

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balance
Balance
  • Sit low and center in the boat
  • Loose hips
  • Importance
    • Stable boat
    • Boat direction
    • Quick reaction
balance1
Bad

The bow paddler is holding the

gunnels, which throws off the

balance of the boat.

Good

The stern paddler is keeping

his weight and head centered in

the boat.

Balance
vision
Vision
  • Keep your head up
  • Look where you want to go
  • Importance
    • Boat direction
    • Reading river
    • Aware of hazards
vision1
Good

The bow paddler is look straight

forward as he paddles forward.

Bad

The stern paddler is looking at his paddle, instead of forward. Changing the direction of the boat.

Vision
move the boat not the paddle
Move the boat, Not the paddle
  • Get blade wet
  • Plant paddle in water
    • Act as though paddle is stuck in cement
  • Move boat to paddle
  • Importance
    • Boat control
    • Endurance
    • Efficient strokes
move the boat not the paddle1
Move the boat, Not the paddle

Good

Notice how bow paddler plants her paddle in water moves boat towards it

Bad

Notice how stern paddler moves her paddle towards the boat

posture
Posture
  • Sit up straight on sit bones
  • Keep paddler’s box
  • Importance
    • Helps with Balance
    • Boat control
posture1
Good

The bow paddler is sitting

straight up on his sit bones.

Bad

The stern paddler is learning

forward and out of the boat.

Reducing the effect of his

strokes

Posture
rotation
Rotation
  • Winding and unwinding with your torso
  • Use of core muscles
  • Stay in paddler’s box
  • Importance
    • Paddler’s Box
    • Endurance
    • Efficient strokes
rotation1
Bad

The paddler is outside the paddler’s box. He is only using his arms and not rotating.

Good

The paddler rotated his torso and engaged his abs. He is still in the paddlers box.

Rotation
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