Kayaking 101: How to Forward Stroke, Sweep Stroke, and Edge

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50 Comments

  1. Too young to be old on March 6, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    I was the person who just used their arms. Who would have thought kyaking would be so technical. I will now practice what I have just seen. Thank you.

  2. Richard Kosiba on March 6, 2021 at 11:10 pm

    Awesome vid brother I’m a canoe guy, but getting into the kayak sport, most of the strokes I use with my canoe can be used with the kayak in pending conditions am I correct,,? J stroke,n yaw

  3. Gary Miller on March 6, 2021 at 11:11 pm

    Dan, thank you for the great tutorial. I’ve seen some other stroke tutorials, but they didn’t explain the purpose of the strokes as well as you did. I’ve also enjoyed some of your other videos. 👍🏻

  4. Dale Anderson on March 6, 2021 at 11:13 pm

    Another really good tutorial video, keep up the good work.

  5. Corey Bartkus Cole on March 6, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    This is great! Very very helpful, thanks!❤️❤️

  6. Jeremy Verderosa on March 6, 2021 at 11:14 pm

    Do you prefer a feathered paddle or a straight line paddle for beginners I noticed in this video it was feathered. Thank you for the info really appreciate it it’s going to make our paddling and our kayaks a lot more fun and less energy and of course less strain on our muscles

  7. Maggie Stevens on March 6, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Dude you have definitely helped push us into kayaking we’ve been thinking about it and after watching a few of your videos we are definitely doing it now thank you for all of your great videos!! 💕

  8. winterwolf2012 on March 6, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Would be good to show how to set up the left & right paddle.

  9. Bill Thornton on March 6, 2021 at 11:15 pm

    Thanks for some great tips for a beginner at 63yrs young paddler

  10. Teri Wright on March 6, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    One of the best paddling videos for beginners. I actually watched this video multiple times and learned off it. Keep these good videos coming. You’re giving us great guidance

  11. Steven Cisneros on March 6, 2021 at 11:16 pm

    Great vid man! Thank you….

  12. Davenwolf Dagger on March 6, 2021 at 11:19 pm

    Fantastic video and soo well explained for a noob like me. Cheers from Australia

  13. Dan Krage on March 6, 2021 at 11:20 pm

    I gotta get out and practice!

  14. Penny Kennedy on March 6, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Thank you Dan! Do you have a video on tandem kayaking?

  15. Laurie Pachter on March 6, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Very helpful video! I’d appreciate more detail on actual hand positions as you paddle. Someone pointed me at this video because I have arthritis in my hands, especially my thumbs, and he wanted me to see how you use your hands while paddling (not gripping them all the time). If you could talk more about that I think it would be helpful. Lots of folks, not just me, do use the "paddle death grip" in part because they’re using arms, not torso, for power. Thanks!

  16. Cross Fire Guy 77 on March 6, 2021 at 11:22 pm

    Great video, I just got my kayak field n stream eagle talon second hand. Took it out today for just 20 minutes. Did not flip lol..but I am gonna sub and keep watching. I have not made any adjustments my seat is a Yak Gear seat upgrade. And I made sure my back was with good posture. But I had no gear on the kayak and it was pretty wobbly. But I am sure that’s normal.

  17. Casper Uchiha on March 6, 2021 at 11:26 pm

    5:50 🤣 Like when you see it

  18. Erika Heinrich on March 6, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Kayaking for the first time ever tomorrow (I’m nervous), I practiced the strokes you demoed with a broom stick LOL better than nothing

  19. kielnahs on March 6, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Awesome video!! We are new to kayaking and needed to see this!

  20. rebas04 on March 6, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    You are a great speaker, I’ve learned so much from your videos

  21. Pasquale on March 6, 2021 at 11:27 pm

    Thanks for all the tips, keep healthy and safe buddy

  22. Joyful Jenny on March 6, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    I just upgraded to a (modest) kayak that has foot blocks. Haven’t been able to take it out yet (winter) but in watching your video I’m very aware of how in my old kayak I paddled straight legged. Can’t wait to experience the difference of better kayaking techniques. And THANK YOU!!!

  23. Henry Majano on March 6, 2021 at 11:33 pm

    Really appreciate this video! My friends got me to try kayaking a few times and I know I’ve been doing something wrong because my arms got the brunt of it and came out with a sore wrist this past weekend! I didn’t even know foot pedals were a thing!

    I’ll def be coming back to this video between outings to remind myself how to not do it wrong

  24. Justin Rex on March 6, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    Dan, just wanted to say thanks! My wife has taken an interest in paddling and I am a rookie paddler. Your videos are not only beautiful, and entertaining. But incredibly helpful and knowledgeable! I’ll be a life long paddler and want to open a shop someday as well when I’m older and more seasoned. Tomorrow morning will be my wife’s first paddle, were gonna do saguaro lake In AZ. It will be 55° and about 7mph wind so I’m hoping it won’t be too cold for her to have fun! You rock dude and were going to apply your advice Tomorrow 💪🤘🤘

  25. Thatmanstu Moto Tours on March 6, 2021 at 11:35 pm

    A most excellent bit of instruction. Clear,concise and helpful, both in explanation and demonstration. Well done!!

  26. starrynight on March 6, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    Great information. Can’t wait to get out on the water again, and try some of your tips. Currently have a Pelican, but looking at a Dagger Axis. It will be a different boat for sure.

  27. Karin Cooper on March 6, 2021 at 11:38 pm

    First time watching your videos, Dan. So much good information. We are brand new to the sport and basically everything you said not to do we did our first time out. 😂. We will be practicing the strokes the correct way. Enjoy your cadence and casual teaching style!

  28. colin mclatchie on March 6, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    Hi I am interested in taking up kayaking and I have just watched your instruction video which I found very informative and easy to understand. I would like to buy an inflatable kayak what make would you recommend I buy. Thanks and regards Colin

  29. Gerry Toomey on March 6, 2021 at 11:39 pm

    A great video . very well explained .

  30. Anthony Vespia on March 6, 2021 at 11:40 pm

    Thanks Dan. I bought my feel free moken 10 lite. I do have the feel free fitted side transom for my new 2.5 Suzuki outboard, with a single outrigger. But this is my 1st boat, and with all my accessories my last lol..But it’s nice that you guy’s take the time, because I’m still learning and need to paddle when I get to my fishing spots. This is a great video. Be safe my friend..And I bought the moken, after lots of research. But a review you did, made up my mind on what boat was good for my weight which is 148lbs, didn’t need a monster kayak. God bless..

  31. Dennis Alters on March 6, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Thanks so much great teaching video that I’m sharing with my paddling pals.

  32. Phillip Lee on March 6, 2021 at 11:41 pm

    Amazing! I’m a beginner and you talk about mistakes that I am making!
    So grateful!
    Can’t wait to get back out there and practice what you are teaching.
    Thank you from England.

  33. Rosco Jennings on March 6, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    Hi! I’ve started a YT fishing channel. May I watch this video on my phone while I film from my head camera? If that’s cool, is there a specific way you would like to be credited?

    That aside, thanks for making this! I’m a bad paddler 🙁

  34. reiverone on March 6, 2021 at 11:42 pm

    I’m in the UK, and have just bought my first kayak, and was unsure of a few things before I actually take it on the water. Came across your tutorial and soon realised how much comonsence you make, and definitely be guided by what you have illustrated in your video. One thing I am unsure of is, is it best to take the scupper plugs out or leave them in. Thankyou.

  35. Perpetual Fungi on March 6, 2021 at 11:43 pm

    This was very helpful, the perfect amount of information:advice! Thank you!

  36. SHIFRA F on March 6, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    great instruction. so well explained. i am going paddling today for the first time in years – and i did not do it properly then – so excited to do it well today!

  37. Jackie on March 6, 2021 at 11:47 pm

    What would recommend for a woman’s life jacket for kayaking? I might add the lightest one with more arm room and most less constricting as I have asthma.

  38. Barton Ofarrell on March 6, 2021 at 11:48 pm

    Thanks for sharing your skills.

  39. CL Listings on March 6, 2021 at 11:51 pm

    What if your Yak doesn’t have pedals?

  40. Pasquale on March 6, 2021 at 11:55 pm

    Thank you for all the tips, a real gentleman! have a wonderful “Happy New Year” keep healthy and safe

  41. SHADOW DWELLER on March 6, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    Great information, just bought a fishing kayak. This will be of great help. 👍👍

  42. sme4969 on March 6, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    great vid with easy to follow instruction 😉 whether sit on top or sit in craft 😉
    thigh/knee straps is also a very good useful peice of kit to have to help with edging

  43. Ray Brubaker on March 7, 2021 at 12:00 am

    What is the purpose of the paddles being offset?

  44. Amber Wellbourn on March 7, 2021 at 12:02 am

    Dan, this is such a great tutorial. Have you done any on fitting out sit in recreation yaks?

  45. Agent Wynn Outdoors on March 7, 2021 at 12:04 am

    This is a great breakdown.

  46. Crayola barb on March 7, 2021 at 12:06 am

    SO glad I found your videos Dan! I’m almost 5′ and have been paddling my Tempest 16.5, 21.5" wide, using my Werner, Kauai, full carbon, crank 220 cm shaft, for 12 yrs and LOVE IT!! As you said, it just felt like an extension of me! Alas, someone stole my paddle last weekend and I am devastated! A very experienced Sea Paddling friend says I should go for a shorter paddle this time around- 205 or 210 cm at most as I vary my style between high/ocean and lower angle exploring rivers and lakes. I was looking at the Shuna and Whiskey hoping one might feel like my Kauai. Right now I do not do the fancier strokes… tho now that I’ve found YOUR videos I’m going to go thru them and will be a much better paddler soon. Can you suggest a paddle for me? Something else I should consider to the Shuna or Whiskey? Thank you so much for these helpful videos!

  47. Adele Coleman on March 7, 2021 at 12:06 am

    I could use some advice on getting in and out of a sit in kayak fro a dock about 18 inches above the water. I am 65 and my legs are not as strong as they used to be!

  48. Champions Kayak Fishing on March 7, 2021 at 12:07 am

    Great video. Thanks for putting this out here for us.

  49. Frank McCarthy on March 7, 2021 at 12:08 am

    Well done thank you. Maybe explain paddle setup right left and center

  50. Kim Brodie on March 7, 2021 at 12:09 am

    Such a helpful video for a beginner like me. I can’t wait to practice on the water!

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