Two Man Kayaking

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    Jan 15, 2007 4:26 PM GMT
    My partner gave me a 2-seater kayak for Christmas, and I'm just wondering if anyone has tips and pointers to share. I've only ever kayaked solo before this, and the one time, so far, that we've taken the new 2-seater out into the lagoon, well... it became obvious pretty quickly that we don't know what we're doing.

    One specific question I have is about paddling:

    Is it best to paddle in tandem? That is, with each man paddling at the same time and on the same side of the kayak as the other? Or is a more random paddling style just fine and to be expected?

    None of the instructional DVDs we've seen address the specific issues brought up by 2-seaters. Any tips and suggestions at all would be greatly appreciated!
  • sfnicolas

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    Jan 16, 2007 12:24 AM GMT
    Yes, you should both paddle in tandem with the person in front setting the pace for the one in back.

    If you have a rudder, use it! If not, then learn how the kayak reacts quickly to your body leaning from side-to-side, OR how long the paddle is in the water on each side. The longer the paddle is in the water per stroke, the more the kayak will steer to the opposite direction.
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    Jan 16, 2007 11:18 PM GMT
    Good question. Totally agree with Nicolas to paddle in tandem. You'll appreciate the power you get from two paddles on one side at the same time. There will be a bit of pull that needs to be countered by a bit of rudder..or by hip action.

    It's about developing a rhythm with your partner...

    Oh and if you're in front don't get suckered (as I did) into doing all the work!! Have fun.
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    Jul 23, 2007 6:06 PM GMT
    "Oh and if you're in front don't get suckered (as I did) into doing all the work!! Have fun."

    But when you're in the back you do all the steering - especially if theres no rudder. Lots of sweep strokes and also giving the front person directions as to what they have to do.
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    Jul 25, 2009 2:06 PM GMT
    ok heres the scoop i recently was in a similar spot not to long ago my partner is just learning to kayak " i was the lucky one i had a job teaching weekend warriors how to kayak for a couple of years" lesson one no yelling in a two sitter it can get stressfull call out your stroke for example some things you will both be paddling on one side and at others you may be oppisite


    rule #1 calling out your stroke