Low Recovery

Keep yourself in balance

The most important stroke for a sea kayaker. If you can perform this well it transforms your paddling

Reverse Paddling

Go backwards with control

You can use edging to help control your direction and remember to look over your shoulder.

T Draw

The classic draw

Move sideways without turning using this stroke. Use the top hand as a pivot and make sure you slice cleanly.

Sculling Draw

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.

Sweep strokes

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.

Surf launch

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.

Stern rudder

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.

High recovery

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.

Hanging draw

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.

Bow rudder

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.