- Arm paddling: using arm to pull water.
- Bobbing: Lean forward & back at every stroke [instead of rotating].
- Canoe stroke: paddle w/ top arm dropping to the knee.
- Caterpillaring: whole boat out of time.
- Chicken Wing: lift top arm elbow too high.
- Choking: death grip to the paddle.
- Hold one fist up from the blade.
- Keep your lower arm straight while you rotate, REACH + PULL until your paddle reaches your mid-thigh.
- When your paddle reaches your mid-thigh, that’s the only time when you can BEND your lower arm and withdraw your paddle from the water . EXTEND IT STRAIGHT again– get ready for the next stroke.
- Bending your lower arm at any other time means you are “arm paddling” (ie. you are using more strength than needed which will tire you out more quickly.)
- Paddle close to the boat.
- Paddle parallel to the boat.