Reverse Stroke

Reverse strokes are used to propel the kayak backwards. This skill is useful to get away from hazards, into and out of narrow creeks, sea-caves, gauntlets, or in rescues. 

Technique Tips Safety  Common mistakes Practice drills


  • In ruddered boats, neutralise the rudder either by keeping it square with the kayak or by retracting it.
  • It helps to keep pressure on the foot-peg on the opposite side of the stroke (the reverse of what you would do for a forward stroke). 
  • If you feel unstable you can take a slightly climbing blade a little wider to get support. 
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