"There is a lot of good stuff on YouTube" I have often said. But then there is other stuff too. So, after many requests I have finally tried to sort through some of it to find a small set of video clips that might be useful to beginning and intermediate paddlers.
Of course there were others that also had merit, and many more that I did not have time to review. Feel free to suggest any other videos that offer a different or unique perspective.
I have arranged them by the categories that we often use during a course.
One concern I have with my compact presentation method is that you need to link to YouTube to view the video in full screen mode. Please don't forget to come back to my page!
Every subject has its own terminology , and kayaking is no exception. This section covers some of the types of kayaks, names of various parts of the boats and common equipment required by paddlers.
Some people have a piece of water front where their boat can live its entire life. The rest of us spend a lot of time moving our kayak from home to water and back. These videos will give you some ideas about how you might want to transport your boat.
There is really no one best way to safely get in and out of a kayak. Each paddler needs to learn how to get in and out of their boat. Have a look at some of the techniques that can be used in various situations.
Finally, we are in our boat and on the water. I have met a number of people who claim that paddling a kayak is so simple that no lessons are necessary. Perhaps it works for them, but perhaps you want to learn how to do it well. These videos will give you a good overview of the basic stokes that we use to get where we are headed with as little effort as possible.
Most beginning paddlers fear the idea of flipping their boat. This is a reasonable fear. It keeps us cautious. In order to be comfortable in challenging conditions we need to learn how to do a 'wet exit', then we can work on avoiding it.
So you did a wet exit. What do you do next. Most likely you want to get back in your kayak. At the basic level you need to be able to do this by yourself at the shore or with help in deep water. As a beginner you only need to figure out which method works best for you. As an instructor or leader you need to know how to help people with different boats and capabilities.
The techniques in the previous section are the standard techniques that are taught in beginner and intermediate classes. There are many possible ways to help yourself or someone else back in a boat. I consider the rescues in this section to be "advanced" not because they are more difficult, but because we only have time to teach them in more advanced courses.