C1 Technique

Level 1 > Forward paddling

Launch Video Clip


  • Forward lean from the hips (not from mid or upper back)
  • Back solid and straight through the stroke
  • Flat boat with minimal rocking


  • Full vertical blade as close as possible to the boat
  • Back straight, torso rotated, lower arm fully extended
  • 'A' shape with boat, paddle and body


  • Vertical blade pulling with back then arms, winding in torso twist
  • Rigid set lower back
  • Thrusting through with knees
  • Stopping at hips

3 Methods of steering

  1. Use of occasional offside edge
  2. Use of J Stroke (turning face of blade outwards by the hips)
  3. Use of occasional cross-bow power stroke