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).
- 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 and arms, pull the blade back through the water in a straight line.
- As the paddle passes your hip, rotate your top hand so that the thumb side is facing the water.
- Using your lower hand, push the paddle away from the canoe. This is the “J” part of the stroke.
- Pull the blade out of the water.
- Return to position 1 and begin using Forward Stroke.