Strokes

Paddling can be a lot more enjoyable if you are able to go straight, turn or maneuver around objects. Involuntarily going in circles, is never fun. Here we will discuss the different types of strokes that you can use and when to use them. Knowing when and how to do specific strokes will definitely make your experience on the water more exciting and productive and less tiring.

Draw Stroke

A draw stroke is used to propel the canoe sideways to move around objects, to straighten the canoe or to keep control if the wind swings the canoe around. Holding the paddle:  Hold the grip of the paddle with one hand (palm facing down) and place the other hand on the shaft just above the blade (palm facing in). Stroke: Turn the blade of the …

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Forward Stroke

Holding the paddle:  Hold the grip of the paddle with one hand (palm facing down) and place the other hand on the shaft just above the blade (palm facing in). Stroke: Reaching forward (without lifting from your seat or leaning too far), put the blade of the paddle in the water, keeping the paddle almost vertical. Using your core muscles, shoulders …

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J-Stroke

Essentially the J-Stroke is the Forward Stroke with a curve at the end. This will correct the natural curving motion of the canoe that is created by the stern person’s paddling. Holding the paddle:  Hold the grip of the paddle with one hand (palm facing down) and place the other hand on the shaft just above the blade (palm facing in). …

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