I want to learn to row, where do I start?
Do you want to learn to row? Well, if you don’t know where to start, try doing it through this article in which we will tell you the most basic steps and the main techniques so that you can learn to row successfully and without limitations whenever you want. We start:
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Learning to row, first steps
Let’s see where to start when it comes to taking the first strokes with your kayak paddles. Little by little and with perseverance you will improve your technique, you will see it. These are some tricks that will help you improve your technique and can even get you out of a tight spot. Go for it!
To start, the first thing is that you are in a smooth and safe area, where there are few obstacles and you can control the boat easily, without complications. Once ready, sit in the rowing seat looking at the boat itself. Next, place each oar on the oarlock, make the boat face down, and grab both oars. Now, push the oars down to the height of the boat. Push forward and drop them into the water. Push them back and return to the starting position.
As you can see, it is not complicated at all but it does require patience. You will only have to position yourself and practice it a couple of times until you see that it is coming out, and as we have told you in the article.
Technique for turning the boat
You will only need one paddle to do this. Use the right paddle for example to move the boat back and to the left. If, on the other hand, you use the left paddle, you will be moving the boat backward but to the right. This is the most efficient way to spin the boat successfully.
Scissor movement or river turn
Third, it is important that you know that to learn to row you need to have knowledge of the scissor movement. You will have to push forward with one paddle while going backward with the other. Basically what you are doing is making the boat move, with one forward motion with one hand and one backward motion with the other hand.
By following these basic tricks, you can learn to row. It is important that you try it little by little and in a calm place. Surely in a matter of hours, you will become a professional with your kayak. And if it doesn’t come out the first time, don’t worry, it’s totally normal. Spend the time it takes, but knowing these 3 things you can start rowing at least at a beginner level.