Core is the Key
As I mentioned before sea kayaking is a smooth and fluid activity. It’s easy to think that a kayak stroke is all in your arms – this couldn’t be further from the truth! If you rely on your relatively small arm muscles you will get tired quickly and you will find things like balance and technique hard.
Instead concentrate on using your larger core muscles, by rotating your trunk you will find out that you can keep going for a lot longer. This can take a wee while to master but by using the following 3 tips it will get you dancing across the water in no time.
- Instead of pulling with your bottom hand, concentrate on pushing the paddle away from you with your top hand. This will stop you pulling the paddle through the water with your bicep.
- Push with your feet. If you press with your foot at the same time as paddling (i.e. if the right blade is in the water push with your right foot) it encourages you to wind up your core muscles.
- Keep the grip on your paddle relaxed. This stops you from forcing the blade through the water and means that your muscles stay open.
Imagine trying to swim, cycle or even walk with every muscle in your body tensed up. It wouldn’t work very well right? Unsurprisingly it is the same with sea kayaking, as soon as you tense up in your boat every movement becomes laboured and twitchy. By allowing your muscles to relax your movements become a lot more fluid, this helps you manoeuvre your kayak smoothly and this in turn makes the whole activity more enjoyable!
These tips should put you in good stead for your trip but if by chance you end up exiting the craft before the intended egress point do not panic, we are all only between swims. The good news is that your Wilderness Scotland guide is fully trained and has plenty of experience for reuniting people with their boats!
Now you have read our tips, how about embarking on one of our unforgettable beginner friendly sea kayaking trips?