Paddling technique can be broken down into a series of different kayaking strokes. The Stroke
page lists the different kayaking strokes, with links to descriptions of the techniques involved in each of them.
and Sweep stroke
are the first ones to learn. These form the basis of all kayaking techniques. After that it can depend of the type of kayaking
you are doing, as to which stroke
s are most useful. To balance on moving water it is important to learn Bracing
Swimming and Rolling
While learning the basics you may experience a capsize
or two. Initially this will result in a swim
. Having suffered this cold wetness you may quickly become interested in learning to Roll
. There are various rolling techniques, which are listed on the Eskimo roll
page. Note however that beginners tend to place too much emphasis on learning to roll, when they would be better off working on the basic techniques described above.
See also Greenland Style and Euro Style techniques.