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Kayaking techniques and postures

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Kayaking techniques and postures

2024-06-25 16:45:36

The skills and postures of kayaking include the correct sitting posture, paddle grip, paddling skills, and body coordination. Here are some key points:


1. Sitting posture: Keep your body straight, do not bend over or look up, and adjust the seat to a suitable position, not too far forward or too far back. Keep your feet on the pedals tightly, do not relax or use too much force. Keep your body in line with the hull, do not sway left and right or lean forward and backward.


2. Paddle grip posture: Hold the paddle with both hands and maintain a comfortable grip. The correct paddle grip spacing is roughly the same as the distance between the two elbows, or slightly smaller. When rowing, you can freely adjust the spacing to better distribute the load on each muscle.


3. Paddling skills:


a. Kayak paddling action: The upper body is upright and slightly leaning forward. The legs are naturally bent, the knees touch the sides of the inner wall of the cabin, and the soles of the feet step on the pedals in the cabin. During paddling, the force action is closely related to the left and right rotation of the body. Take the left side paddling as an example. Hold the paddle with both hands, bend the right hand, and place the right hand in front of the right forehead. Bend the left hand slightly, and insert the left paddle blade completely into the water. Lean forward slightly to better exert the body strength. Rotate the upper body to the right so that the left arm can reach the bow of the boat to the maximum extent to achieve a longer stroke.

b. Rowing paddling technique: bend the upper body forward, bend the upper arm slightly, and stretch the lower arm forward as much as possible. Use the strength of the waist and shoulder and back muscles to drive the arms to pull the paddle, so that the boat can get the maximum force to move forward. The paddle pulling action ends at the waist position, and at the same time, the lower wrist quickly turns inward to pull the paddle, the elbow is outward, and the upper hand is upward to lift the paddle blade out of the water.


4. Body coordination: The upper body rotates and swings to cooperate with the paddle to provide power. The paddle should be completely immersed in the water, and then paddled backward in a straight line to maintain a stable rhythm. Adjust the body balance and the direction of the boat in time as needed.

In addition, safety is always the first priority. Before starting a kayaking trip, be sure to understand the weather and water conditions.