Basic Kayak Instructions

August 19, 2011

What is most important to know as a new paddler? I haven’t given any kayak classes for a long while and my girlfriend Gabriella is fairly new to kayaking. So it is time to resume my old skills. Today we paddled to Eskilsholmen in the Archipelago west of Göteborg. Previously, we have only paddled short distances, about three times, without any special instructions or exercises. I have just given basic kayak instructions such as forward paddling strokes and reverse paddlings strokes. Gabriella have felt some uncertainty about being able to evacuate from the cockpit and what her reaction will be when she hits the water. I have good experiences to practice wet drills and evacuation from the cockpit early on to increase the development of paddling technique. Early exercises makes the paddler feel secure and increase the confidence.

Gabriella is paddling the Qanik in the harbour of Hinsholmen.

Summer is coming to an end and the boats have decreased in number in the archipelago.

On Eskilsholmen, we had a really good time with good drinks and food. Besides eating and drinking we practiced on basic under water exercises, wet evacuation and basic rescue techniques. Gabriella enjoyed the excercises and was eager to learn more. On the way back home I noticed a big difference in the attitude of pushing the limits in edging the kayak and also the paddling strokes were more powerful and distinct.

Gabriella doesn’t look to unhappy about the kayak drill. :)

On the way back was Gabriella’s paddling strokes more powerful.

We have another week off. Hopefully with good weather and some more kayaking.

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