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Paddling Strokes:
STROKE Boat Movement Your End Hand/Arm Position(s)
Forward Stroke (Bow & Stern) Forward Direction Hands Over Water/Twist Torso
Back Stroke (Bow & Stern) Reverse Direction Hands over Water/Lower Forearm behind Shaft
Draw Stroke (Bow & Stern) Toward On-Side Top Arm over Head/Punch into the Water
Pry Stroke (Bow & Stern) Toward Off-Side Start from Back/Under Knee
Cross Draw (Bow Only) Toward Off-Side Top Hand High or Low/Stroke in toward Bow
Low Brace/Reverse Sweep (Stern Only) Toward Off-Side (Spin) Both Hands over Water/Stern to 90 degrees
Shovel Stroke (Stern Only) Toward On-Side Toward the Stern/Lean into the Turn

Paddling Maneuvers:
MANEUVER Objective of Maneuver Start & Finish Location
Eddy Turn 180 degree Turn From Currrent into an Eddy
Peel Out 180 degree Turn From an Eddy into Current
Set (Back Ferry) Lateral Movement From Current to Current or Eddy
Ferry Lateral Movement From Current or Eddy to Current or Eddy

Paddling Maneuvers with Strokes:
MANEUVER Bow Strokes Stern Strokes
Eddy Turn (On Side) Draws, Backstroke then all Draws Shovel (Under Stern/Lean into Turn)
Eddy Turn (Off Side) Cross Draws Low Brace Reverse Sweeps
Peel Out (On Side) Draw Strokes Shovel (Under Stern/Lean into Turn)
Peel Out (Off Side) Cross Draws Low Brace Reverse Sweeps
Set (Back Ferry) Back Strokes Sets Angle with Draws or Prys
Ferry Forward Strokes Set Angel with Draws or Prys


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