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					Canoeing Strokes
   For Tandem Paddlers
   Things to remember About the Paddle
   Which hand holds the T grip?
         Right hand if paddling on the left
         Left hand if paddling on the right

     Never let go of the t-grip!
     The blade needs to be submerged for all strokes

     Paddle on Opposite Sides (Tandem Paddling)

     Learn to move the boat not the paddle
                 Forward Stroke
   Rotate with you paddle side shoulder and try to get the
    blade under the boat.
   Working to get the blade under the boat will create a
    vertical paddle shaft.
   Keep both arms relatively straight throughout all phases
    of the stroke.
   Push forward and down over the blade with the top
    arm and pull with your back
   Body and shoulder rotation provides much of the
    power
   A forward stroke moves the boat forward
            Forward stroke video



     Hand on t-grip

                                    Hand on t-grip
Paddle parallel




   Good posture

                                   Paddle is
                                   submerged
                                   completely,
                                   perpendicular,
                                   and
                                   comfortably
                                   ahead of the
                                   paddler
                          Draw
   Lean out over the side of the canoe with the blade
    parallel to the canoe
   Insert the blade into the water and move the boat
    towards the paddle
   Bring hips toward the paddle blade
   Once the paddle reaches the canoe, turn it so the blade
    is perpendicular to the canoe and slide it straight out of
    the water.
   A draw stroke brings your end of the boat towards your
    paddle
            T-Grip over
            the water



                                                Hand on t-grip

Leaning over and rotating body
slightly




                            Draw stroke video
                           Pry
   Place the paddle shaft against the side of the gunnel
    next to you with the blade parallel to the centerline of
    the canoe
   Lean the canoe towards paddle side and slice the paddle
    into the water at an angle that puts the blade under the
    canoe, use the canoe's gunnels as a pivot point and pop
    the handle towards you
   You can use the weight of your body to increase the
    power of the pry
   A pry forward or aft of the center of the canoe will
    push your stern away from the paddle, respectively
                    Good posture!




                                            Hand on t grip
   J- Pry Video in a solo boat

                                       Hand on gunnel


    J-Pry in a tandem boat


Notice in the video how the
                                    Paddle submerged,
boat moves with each pry.           parallel and under
                                    canoe
                  Cross Bow Draw
   Person in the bow crosses over the boat with their paddle and
    plants on the side opposite of the side they were originally
    paddling on
   Hands stay in the same position! Appropriate hand never leaves t
    grip!
   Executed parallel to the canoe' s centerline
   Both hands remain over the water, keeping the paddle shaft
    vertical to the water
   The stroke is short and performed in front of the body
   The paddle is planted as far forward as a person can lean
    comfortably
   Move the upper body forcefully to an upright position and stop
    the stroke at your knees.
Video for cross bow
draw



In the video the stern
paddler is doing a
reverse sweep, and the
canoe is turning. The
cross bow draw is also
                         Blade is
useful for a steering
                         submerged
stroke.
        Forward & Reverse Sweep
   Rather than keeping the paddle vertical, lean out and
    sweep in a big arc, away from the canoe and back




          Forward Sweep
                                         Reverse Sweep
       Forward & Reverse Sweep
                      Note: They aren’t in unison with
                      their strokes at first but the stern
                      paddler quickly realizes her
                      mistake and corrects it. Notice
                      how quickly and smoothly the
                      canoe turns afterwards.




Sweep strokes video

				
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