Thursday, April 21, 2011

Holding the Paddle

This is a Fundamental Stroke Technique: Even though this stroke fundamental is shown in a kayak, it is true for all types of paddle powered watercraft from canoes to rafts as well. The main purpose of this section is to make every stroke work effectively and efficiently to help you have the safest experience and most fun on the water.

Joshua 5:13- 15
Isaiah 40:31

It is important to hold your paddle correctly to be able to paddle confidently. Subtle variances such as holding your hands to close together or too far apart reduce the effectiveness of each stroke. It will cause you to get tired much more quickly and will not give you the power needed to avoid obstacles (or outrun someone in a friendly game of kayak tag).

In the story found in Joshua, you can see that carrying a sword well can show others you mean business. It sets apart leaders and commands respect. The same is true of the paddle. When you hold it correctly, you are not only rewarded with better power and efficiency but greater respect from those around you. As you saw in the Gear Up! section, the sword is also reflective of God’s word. If you hold and use it effectively, others will respect you as Joshua esteemed the sword bearing angel of the Lord.

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