Sweep Stroke

Forward and reverse sweep strokes are used to turn the kayak. These strokes are very effective when stationary and you can also adapt them to change course while on the move.

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Common mistakes

These include:

  • The working blade not being fully immersed.
  • 'Thrashing' with the arms, which means you are not powering the stroke with your big muscles.
  • Not having the paddle angle low enough to achieve a wide arc.
  • Not achieving a full arc because the start and finish of the stroke are too far away from the kayak.
  • Not maintaining an edge in between strokes
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