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Keep yourself in balance
The most important stroke for a sea kayaker. If you can perform this well it transforms your paddling
Go backwards with control
You can use edging to help control your direction and remember to look over your shoulder.
The classic draw
Move sideways without turning using this stroke. Use the top hand as a pivot and make sure you slice cleanly.
Move sideways over distance
A really smooth stroke to make a lot of progress sideways. Some people find this easier than the classic as it has more support during the stroke.
Turn quickly with efficient strokes
Wide arcing stroke with a straight arm. Edge is the most important aspect of the stroke shortening the water line length of the kayak.
Forward sweep roll
The standard eskimo roll
Using angle to the blade as it sweeps the roll is started and the blade stays close to the surface. A very efficient roll for rough conditions.
Getting out through the waves
Timing is critical to making it out when there are smaller waves. Reach over the wave with the paddle and pull yourself through it.
Control direction while moving
An ideal technique for surfing but it is great to perfect this on flat water to turn both directions first.
Sculling for support
Maintain the kayak off balance
This is not used practically in sea kayaking often but is a great technique to develop rough water skills and bombproof rolling.
Outside low brace turn
A calving turn maintaining speed
A great technique for calm water when you want a wide turn that maintains speed of the kayak throughout.
Inside Low brace turn
A fast turn
The paddle is used for support and as a brake. Good turn for rough water and when you need to turn quickly.
Bring yourself back into balance
A useful technique but care needs to be taken not to damage shoulders. Useful in rough water and to develop a bombproof roll.
C to C roll
A simple effective roll
A simple way to learn to roll that is a powerful roll. Requires flexibility to get the paddle near the surface at 90 degrees.
Move sideways on the move
The hardest of the dry strokes but one that gives you a great understanding of blade control and is a massive help among rocks.
Forward finishing roll
A solid roll for rough water
Finishing a roll with your body forward is a really big help in rough water as you are in a positive position ready for action.
Turn using the paddle at the bow
Pulling the front of the kayak around with the blade makes your turning very efficient. This stroke has been adapted from river kayaking.