Going in

When you are going in (as in capsize) often the best course of action is to?

  1. Try and stay up.
  2. Go in.

More often than not its best to accept you are going in and the sooner your paddle gets to the water the sooner you get up.

  • Lean and allow the boat to fall.
  • Tuck forwards
  • Stroke
  • Back up and ready to paddle.

The 4 points above describe a support/recovery stroke, where the paddle goes in near the front of the boat then sweeps back and when inline with side of body pulls back in.

If you resist and try and stay up you will be less in control. Whereas the above points describe an active blade.