Kayaking can be very enjoyable if you remember the following tips:

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If you sit straight or lean slightly forward,  this will give you more balance in the boat. Also have your knees slightly bent.

Paddle grip

Your hands should be shoulder width apart. There should be the same amount of paddle shaft and blade beyond both of your hands. If you’re right handed keep your right hand tight and left hand loose on the paddle. By doing this your right hand will rotate the blade.

Forward stroke

Put you paddle in at your toes and pull the back as far as your hips.  When you are pulling back on one side you should be push forward with the opposite side at the same time. All the power should come from the torso. Try to find a rhythm with your partner in the kayak.

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Paddle on the side in a wide arch with the paddle in the opposite side you want to go.

Talk to your partner

For the Killarney Adventure race double sit on kayak will be provided. The person at the back of the kayak should inform their partner if they are not in rhythm.

Relax and enjoy

The more you relax the less chance you will fall in.