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).


  1. 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.
  2. Using your core muscles, shoulders and arms, pull the blade back through the water in a straight line.
  3. As the paddle passes your hip, pull the blade out of the water.
  4. Bring the paddle back to position 1 and repeat.