The forward stroke is the skill you will use most frequently when sea-kayaking. A good technique is essential for injury prevention, endurance, power and speed.
The key to the forward stroke is using the bigger muscles of the back, stomach, shoulders and legs, rather than relying on the arms. Good rotation provides the power for the stroke.
A good forward technique can make an enormous difference to how much you enjoy your paddling, and how your body feels at the end of the day!
The forward stroke is usually described in these phases: