December 6, 2023

The best place to enter a kayak is from the beach. Just get in and push the kayak into the water with your arms.

From the dock: Take the kayak to the lowest point of the dock, as the higher up you are, the more difficult it will be to enter. The kayak must be parallel to the dock. Grab the side of the dock with your arms and, in one quick motion, place your feet on the kayak and turn so that you are facing the bow. Quickly get down into the cabin and sit down as quickly as possible. When you are in the seat, you will have the necessary balance to accommodate your feet hen dos.

From the water: If you fall into the water, be sure to turn the kayak upside down first so it doesn’t fill with so much water. Find the paddle and place it on the range straps to secure it. Hold the edge of the cabin and, with one hand on the near side and the other on the far side, kick to give yourself momentum and lift yourself up. You should be on top of the kayak with your chest facing the cabin. Then, try to sit on the seat, as this will help you maintain your balance. Turn your body and slide into the seat. Next, adjust your feet until you are comfortable. Practice these moves in shallow water before heading into deeper water.

How to row?

How to hold the oar?

Your hand should hold the paddle about 6 to 12 inches from the blade. Hold the paddle safely and relaxed. Your knuckles should be aligned with the edge of the paddle blade. A good way to see if you’re doing it right is to hold the paddle above your head: if your arms are at a 90-degree angle, you’re holding it the right way.


Forward Stroke: To go forward, turn your body in the opposite direction that you will place the paddle. Place the paddle in the water and stretch your body, use the force of that movement to push the paddle into the water. The paddle should come out of the water when the hand closest to the water is at hip height. The hand that is higher on the oar should always push and the hand that is lower on the oar should always pull.

Turning Stroke: Here you want to do a forward stroke, but with an accentuated stroke on one side. To do the circle stroke, place the oar away from the front of the boat, make a wide sweeping motion, and continue all the way until almost touching the stern. Do this circular motion in the opposite direction you want to go. If you want to do a tight turn, do this stroke only on one side. To turn with forward momentum, complete the circular stroke on the opposite side you want to go and complete a normal stroke on the other side.

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