Archive for the 'Skill Development' Category

What to do at the pool

Monday, January 16th, 2012

Often, there is the perception that open pool sessions are really only for the more skilled kayaker who wants to practice rolling over the winter, or perhaps wants to learn how to roll. While pool sessions are very useful for those two goals, beginning paddlers should also take advantage of pool practice over the winter.  […]

USK Greenland Rolling DVD

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

For anyone interested in traditional Greenland-style kayaking, especially the rolling and bracing skills, University of Sea Kayaking (USK) has come out with a new DVD featuring two of the best Greenland rollers on the planet, Maligiaq Padilla and Dubside. I watched the first a 2-part series of DVD’s on Greenland kayaking technique, “Greenland Rolling With […]

Paddler’s Fall “To-Do” List

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

On a cold, rainy fall day at the end of the paddling season, here are a few things that a canoeist/kayaker can be thinking about. If you’ve worked on improving your skills all summer, perhaps it’s time to consider purchasing a dry suit to extend your season. If you prefer not to paddle in anything […]

Fitting a Life Jacket

Tuesday, August 16th, 2011

A Caution About Paddle Float Re-entries

Tuesday, July 19th, 2011

Call it bad luck, but in the last month I’ve had two students break my paddles when learning to do the standard paddle float self rescue.  Prior to this, I never had a paddle break in 13 years of teaching this skill.  In both cases, the paddles broke at the ferrule.  Both paddles were Werner […]

Use Your Legs to Improve Your Forward Stroke

Wednesday, June 1st, 2011

I’ve previously written a blog post on the importance of “torso rotation” when performing a forward stroke in your kayak.  Hopefully, everyone has been working on improving that aspect of their own stroke.  Now I’d like to give my second piece of advice to beginners and recreational paddlers who want to increase the power and […]

Getting Comfortable in the Waves

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

A week ago I gave a talk on “Managing the Surf Zone and Paddling in Waves”.   It was very well attended and got me thinking that there are probably a lot of kayakers who didn’t make it to the talk who would still like some suggestions on getting more comfortable in rough conditions. Not everyone […]

Getting Comfortable in Waves and Surf

Monday, May 9th, 2011

It doesn’t take most people very long to get comfortable paddling a sea kayak on an inland lake.  The boats, despite the seeming narrow width, are surprisingly stable once you get the feel of the balance.  Where most paddlers run into some problems is when you start introducing the variable of waves and breaking surf.  […]

What’s so special about “sit-on-tops”?

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Here is the long-awaited fourth video in my series on the differences between  recreational, whitewater, and sea kayaks.  This video covers the characteristics of “sit-on-top” kayaks which can be designed for recreational use, whitewater paddling, and sea kayaking.  So if you are looking to get started in kayaking, you still need to understand the differences […]

Greenland-style Kayak Braces

Monday, February 7th, 2011

At the last few pool sessions that I have attended, it seems that practically all of the sea kayakers have been working on Greenland-style static braces (balance brace) and the sculling high brace.  As I have mentioned in previous posts, Helen Wilson’s “Simplifying the Roll” DVD has been extremely helpful in providing some very useful […]

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