There is a standard procedure that has to be followed before you begin paddling. This procedure will ensure a better performance and keep you safe from any injuries that you might accidentally inflict upon yourself.

Paddle Size

The first thing to keep in check is the size of your paddle. The correct paddle size will decide whether you will be able to get the most out of your kayak or not. Check the distance between your hand positions on the paddle. If the hands are spread a lit bit more than your shoulders, there will be no energy in the stroke you apply. With greater space you can get a stronger stroke in paddling, but will exhaust yourself too soon. To check whether the paddle is the correct size for you or not and where to keep the hands, you can rest the paddle on your head and put your hands on it until the elbows make a 90 degree angle.


To avoid straining your hands and muscles you should avoid squeezing the shaft of the paddle and try holding it loosely with your fingers slightly opened. Try making an O shape with your index finger and thumb with which you are holding the shaft.

Sitting Posture

It is important to have a good posture as it will help in energy distribution to the parts that are going to do the work. Make sure your shoulders are not leaning back. Try not to lean back and place the pegs of your feet against the foot pegs and join the legs together. This will help you move your torso better, making it easier to paddle. Bend your knees a little bit to help push them against the inner hull to get more balance.

Getting the Technique Right

The difference in performance seems minuscule to beginners, but it proves to be significant as you get better at paddling. Perfecting the technique is important to get a better performance.