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  Paddle strokes for women
  Posted by: chiro2003oh on Jun-24-10 10:43 AM (EST)

Our paddling club ( has many women in its ranks (I am not one of them). Many have expressed difficulty in keeping up with husbands/boyfriends during outings, and with loading/unloading racked boats on their own (the safety issues of solo paddling are another day's topic). Consequently, I have sought out info on women in paddling from several sources to incorporate into our informal club offerings to members. I can attest to the fact that, when women learn techniques that play to their strengths rather than attempt to imitate the poor technique of most men, their competence, endurance, self-confidence, and enjoyment of the sport soars! Along with it, there are many fewer injuries to shoulders and backs. They also can keep going when their burly men are lagging, which is a source of endless amusement.

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  paddle strokes for women
  Posted by: tahiti16 on Jul-02-10 9:22 PM (EST)
I think the post is misnamed! While the points are good for women, they are not exclusive to women. I am learning technique or being reminded of techniques that I already know on a regular basis! Techniques work well for us that would like to think that we can do anything we did at 20 something even though we are 50 something and have not kept up a physical activity during the intervening years.

One I really liked when I first tried kayaking with my 18 yo. son is we could race along for a short bit and then run at a more relaxed pace and everyone had a great time.

For older MEN that have not done physical activity for a few years this is a perfect sport. You can move at your pace and if you work at the techniques you don't need a large amount of strength. :)
  I agree. Not just for women
  Posted by: dyackel on Jul-21-10 10:08 AM (EST)
The two articles by Anna L. are among the best I've ever read for novice paddlers. I remember my first experiences with paddling and the kind of instruction I received. It was totally inadequate and never gave the kind of detailed breakdown of the forward stroke and torso rotation that these articles do. It is absolutely true that strength is not as important as technique in moving a kayak. Thanks for a great series of articles. I'm archiving them for future reference!


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