Reverse Stroke

Reverse strokes are used to propel the kayak backwards. This skill is useful to get away from hazards, into and out of narrow creeks, sea-caves, gauntlets, or in rescues. 

Technique Tips Safety  Common mistakes Practice drills


  • Look behind you at least each alternate stroke. 
  • To protect your shoulder, don't let your elbow go above shoulder height or behind your hips.
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