How to Paddle Series
The following videos are part of the How to Paddle Series that Mike produced in partnership with Paddling.net. These videos explain the fundamental stokes and skills that every kayaker should work to master. Although these videos are very informative, they should not take the place of formal paddling instruction. Use them to reinforce what you have learned in your CKAPCO courses.
Kayak Cockpit Overview
Mike explains the kayak cockpit, outfitting adjustment, and how to sit in a kayak.
How to Hold a Kayak Paddle
Mike explains how to properly hold a kayak paddle.
How to Get In a Kayak + How to put on a kayak spray skirt
Mike discusses how to get into a kayak and how to put on a spray skirt.
Kayak Wet Exit - How to get out of your kayak
Mike demonstrates how to safely exit a capsized kayak with the wet exit.
Kayak Forward Stroke
Mike explains the kayak forward stroke.
Kayak Sweep Stroke + Edging
Mike demonstrates kayak sweep strokes and explains edging.
Turn Your Kayak Quickly
Mike demonstrates how to carve a turn.
Kayak Draw Stroke (Out of Water Recovery)
Mike demonstrates how to move the kayak sideways (abeam) with the draw stroke.
Kayak Draw Stroke (in water recovery)
Mike demonstrates the draw stroke with an in-water recovery. This an a slightly more advance method of moving your kayak sideways.
Mike discusses and demonstrates the skulling draw, a more advanced method of moving your kayak sideways.
Kayak Rudder Stroke
Mike discusses how to keep your boat tracking strait with the rudder stroke.
Kayak Reverse Stroke
Mike demonstrates proper technique for paddling in reverse.
Kayak Low Brace
Mike demonstrates proper form for the low brace. The low brace is used to prevent a kayak from capsizing.
Kayak High Brace
Mike demonstrates the high brace. This maneuver is used to prevent capsize.
Mike demonstrates how to perform the skulling brace.
Sculling Brace and Draw Comparisons
Mike demonstrates the skulling brace and discusses the different draw strokes.
Heel Hook Rescue
Mike discusses proper technique for the heel hook.
Kayak Self Rescue: Re Enter and Roll
Mike demonstrates how to perform a re enter and roll.