Paddling lessons. Kayaking steps

Holding the paddle

Lean forward – lower shorter stroke
Straight – ideal
Lean backwards – short uncontrolled strokes

Notice dominant hand while trying a straight course

Push / pull ratio

Waving technique to release pressure on hand

High / low angle

Impacts on stability and ergonomics

Blade insertion exercise at different angles

45, 90, 135

long hold
Stern rudder
Bow rudder
Sway on the side

Works both ways depending on the last stroke partaken

Front / reverse

count # of paddles

Front only
Reverse only
Using the long hold
Swaying on the side to add turning effect


The beauty of the teacup

I was recently drinking a cup of tea from a modern style teacup. It struck me how uncomfortable it was and how useful the English style teacup in fact is. The wide brim makes it easy to tip the cup without hitting your nose-bridge. Besides, tea should be poured boiling hot for the tea to infuse properly. But you wouldn’t want to wait too long to be able to drink it, and the wide opening cools it down quickly for that purpose. Finally, the size of the cup is small so you have time to drink all of the tea at about the same temperature, before it gets too cold. Just a thought.

the effects of alcohol

Porter: Drink, sir, is a great provoker of three things.
Macduff: What three things does drink especially provoke?
Porter: Marry, sir, nose-painting, sleep, and urine. Lechery, sir, it provokes, and unprovokes; it provokes the desire, but it takes away the performance.
Macbeth: And it’s prose, not verse.
William Shakespeare, 1605