Tips For Beginners

 
 

JUST ASK: Don't feel intimidated or uncomfortable asking questions of veterans. We were all beginners. Veterans love to answer questions about paddling.

WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE READY: If you haven't paddled before, do not try to keep up with a veteran's pace and distance. If you are out with a veteran crew, don't kill yourself - take a break for a couple of changes even if the crew keeps going. Catch your breath and have a drink.

DON'T GET CAUGHT UP IN THE STROKE RATE: This can take away from your enjoyment of learning the technique. Focus on technique, consistency and smoothness.