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. 

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Practice drills

  • Find objects that form a gate for you to paddle through backwards, e.g. free mooring buoys, piers, etc.
  • Practice the stroke in a broad range of conditions. 
  • Increase the challenge by combining this with some steering strokes at the bow. 
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