There may be times when you find yourself tilting on one side due to a wave, and your boat is on the verge of turning over. Keep your Kayak upright by making some sort of support. One technique you can do is the Low Brace. In this technique, you will push the blade of the Kayaking Paddle down in the water to prevent your Kayak from capsizing.
Take note that a Kayak is not a stable craft, and during those times when you feel like the boat will capsize, your Paddle blade can be your saving grace.
Time needed: 5 minutes.
Learn how get the support you need with the Low Brace Technique:
- Step 1
Do the Low Brace on the side that you are tilting toward. With the shaft resting across the Cockpit, place the Paddle blade flat on the water slightly behind you, with the back side to the water surface.
- Step 2
Gently push the back side of the blade against the water surface. This action will give you enough time to move your body back in an upright position.
- Step 3
Roll your hands upwards and slice the blade back out of the water.
The Low Brace is a stroke for support or recovery from slight instability. It will keep you upright, regain balance, and maintain boat control. Your Paddle blade can provide the support you need in an unstable environment so take time to practice and get comfortable doing this technique.
Arthur G. Moore is a veteran paddler. He has over 10 years of whitewater kayaking experience in his kitty. When he was young, he used to love kayaking in rapid III and rapid IV but as time went on, he decided to concentrate mainly on covering long distances on a standard touring kayak. He is currently working as a senior editor for Kayak Manual.