Monday, July 22, 2013

21 kayaking tips in 21 days - TIP #1

Tip #1

Paddle with loose fingers. This is very simple, and most people don't realize it. Your hands should be loose around the paddle. This will keep you from getting blisters, keep you relaxed and fluid. It also forces you to push the paddle. With a tight grip it is much more likely you will pull the paddle back through the water. On each stroke, think about the wind flowing through the open fingers on the hand that is in the air.


  1. I'm off to a great start... I do this. It also keeps the blood flowing into your fingers and your hands won't get as cold as fast if you use the grip of death.


  2. Today I was thinking about why I love teaching. There is a selfish reason that I love it, which is a lot of new students will say something, or bring a perspective that hadn't occurred to me, even though I may have taught the topic 100 times. I don't know how many times I have told a student to keep their fingers loose. 1000 easy. But keeping your hands warm is one I had never thought of. Thank you!