Frequently Asked Questions
Running Times
Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3
Volume 4
Volume 5
Volume 6
Sea Kayaking Series - Volume 1: Getting Started
00:36 Introduction Robert Starling
01:03 Sponsors  
01:41 Video clips from the series  
02:21 History of Kayaking Nigel Foster
04:42 Factoid - Hats Russell Farrow

Selecting a Kayak
Selection Points
• Application
• Stability
• Speed
• Material
• Construction
• Comfort
• Price

Nigel Foster
07:56 Food for Thought - Getting the proper instruction Chris Duff

Parts of a Kayak
Parts of a Kayak Points
• Diagrams
• Illustrations
• Books
• Magazines

Nigel Foster
14:27 Factoid - Parachute flares Jean Totz
14:52 Fitting Your Kayak
Fitting Your Kayak Points
• Foot Contacts
• Thigh contact
• Knee Contact
• Hip Contact
• Edge Your Kayak
Nigel Foster
18:56 Food for Thought - Try lots of kayaks Phil Eccles
19:44 Gear Part 1
PFD, spray skirt, tow lines, helmets, paddle floats, sponges, pumps, exposure bag, personal items, kayak patches
Nigel Foster
29:03 Factoid - Whistles Robert Starling
29:23 Gear Part 2 - Clothing
Gear Points
• Paddle
• Spray Skirt
• Clothing
• Safety Gear
Nigel Foster
37:21 Factoid - Selecting the proper footwear Robert Starling
37:42 Safety
Lifting your kayak, kayak carts, loading the kayak on your car, kayaking safety issues
Nigel Foster
42:30 Video Conclusion and Credits  
43:45 About Starling Productions  

Sea Kayaking Series - Volume 2: Essential Strokes
00:32 Introduction Robert Starling
00:59 Sponsors  
01:38 Video clips from the series  
02:16 Wet Exit
Wet Exit Points
• Tuck Paddle
• Spray Skirt
• Relax Legs
• Both Hands
• Roll Out
Nigel Foster
06:37 Factoid - Keep a knife in your PFD Robert Starling
06:55 Basic Forward Strokes
Forward Stroke Points
• Angle Blade
• Foot Pressure
• Torso Rotation
• Avoid Turbulence
• Clean Exit
Nigel Foster
13:58 Food for Thought - People, culture and adventure Chris Duff
14:38 Sweep Strokes - forward and reverse Nigel Foster
21:45 Basic Edging
Forward Sweep Points
• Same Side Foot
• Semi-circular
• Torso Rotation
• Push Top Hand
Reverse Sweep Points
• Back of Blade
• Semi-circular
• Opposite Foot
• Quiet Blade
Nigel Foster
24:47 Factoid - Keep some drinking water with you Robert Starling
25:06 Reversing Strokes Nigel Foster
30:44 Stopping Strokes
Reverse Stoke Points
• Close Blade
• Upright Power
• Straight Arms
• Torso Rotation
• Opposite Foot
Stopping Stroke Points
• Two Shallow Strokes
• Two Deep Strokes
Nigel Foster
32:46 Factoid - A way to keep your hands free Russell Farrow
33:08 Draw Strokes
Draw Stroke Points
• To Go Sideways
• Rotate Torso
• Upright Paddle
• Deep Blade
• Push Top
• Pull Bottom
Nigel Foster
39:52 Food for Thought - On kayaking Greg Stamer
40:16 Low Brace
Low Brace Points
• Horizontal Paddle
• Elbows 90 degrees
• Flat Blade
• Offside Hand To Hip
• Onside Edge
• Downside Straight
• Upside Bent
• Torso and Head Bent Upside
• Downside Hip
Low Brace Recovery Points
• Push Down
• Center Weight
• Look Down
• Rotate To Onside
• Slice Out
Nigel Foster
44:15 Factoid - Group Paddling Jean Totz
44:30 Basic Rescues - Group Deep Water, from the outside Nigel Foster
48:49 Basic Rescues - Group Deep Water, between kayaks Nigel Foster
50:25 Food for Thought - Special Moments Phil Eccles
51:02 Choosing a Paddle: Part 1
Paddle Types
Nigel Foster
1:01:02 Factoid - Keep a loose, light grip on the paddle Russell Farrow
1:01:19 Choosing a Paddle: Part 2
Shaft Types and Materials
Nigel Foster
1:10:55 Video Conclusion and Credits  
1:12:08 About Starling Productions  

Sea Kayaking Series - Volume 3: Directional Control
00:28 Introduction Robert Starling
00:54 Sponsors  
01:34 Video clips from the series  
2:12 Edging
Edging Points
• Downside Leg Straight
• Upside Knee Bent
• Torso Centered Over Boat
• Weight on Downside Hip
Nigel Foster
7:09 Factoid - Muti-day trip packing Russell Farrow

High and Low Pressure
High and Low Pressure (forward) Points
• High Pressure on Bow
• Low Pressure on Stern

Nigel Foster
14:04 Food for Thought - Views on Sea Kayaking Tyrs Morris
14:39 The Tail Skid
Tail Skid Points
• Forward Hull Speed
• Edge Away From Turn
• Initiate With a Forward Sweep
• Hold Edge and Paddle Forward
• Sit Upright to Hold the Turn
Nigel Foster
19:30 Factoid - First Aid Kits Jean Totz
20:12 Low Brace Turns
Low Brace Turn Points
• Forward Hull Speed
• Short Sweep
• Brace Inside
• Hold Edge
Nigel Foster
24:20 Food for Thought - Views on Sea Kayaking Bjorn Olsen
25:16 Sweep and Skim
Sweep and Skim Points
• Outside Edge
• Forward Sweep
• Skim Blade
Nigel Foster
34:40 Factoid - Tides and Winds Russell Farrow
35:00 Sculling Draw
Sculling Draw Points
• Vertical Paddle
• Torso Rotation
• Extended Arm
• Straighten Leg
• Blade Angle Less Than 45 degrees
• Forward and Back Blade Movement
Nigel Foster
39:04 Food for Thought - Views on Kayaking Greg Stamer
39:50 Bow Rudder
Bow Rudder Points
• Precision Turns
• Turn Upwind
• Maintaining Course
• Crossing Eddies
Nigel Foster
46:53 Factoid - Group Paddling Jean Totz
47:07 Stern Draw and Stern Rudder
Stern Draw and Stern Rudder
• Maintaining Course
• Back of the Blade, Edge Away
• Face of the Blade, Edge Towards
Nigel Foster
52:54 Food for Thought - Paddling in the Wind Nigel Foster
53:54 Linked Rudders - Bow Rudder and Stern Draw
Linked Rudder Points
• Blend Bow Rudder With Stern Draw
• Used to Avoid Obstacles
Nigel Foster
55:55 Factoid - Sealing bags for storage Jean Totz
56:16 Side Slip
Side Slip Points
• Forward Hull Speed
• Blade Behind Your Hips
• Vertical Paddle
• Neutral Blade Position
• Feather Blade Lightly
Nigel Foster
1:01:37 Food for Thought - View on Sea Kayaking Brian Smith
1:02:18 Control Across the Wind
Control Across the Wind Points
• Edge Into the Wind to Lock Stern
• Edge Away from the Wind to Release Stern
• Maintain Course With Stern Draw
Nigel Foster
1:05:29 Factoid - Grabbing the bow toggle Russell Farrow
1:05:48 Turning in Wind Nigel Foster
1:07:45 Video Conclusion and Credits  
1:09:00 About Starling Productions  

Sea Kayaking Series - Volume 4: Rescues
00:31 Introduction Robert Starling
00:57 Sponsors  
01:37 Video clips from the series  
2:16 T-Rescues
      • Keep hold of your paddle and bow
      • Firmly hold rescue kayak
      • Give kayak to rescuer
      • Line of approach
      • Reassure victim
      • Kayaks in T shape
      • Upturn kayak
      • Invert to drain
      •Consider having another kayaker assist
      •Have the victim assist
Nigel Foster
12:42 Factoid - Risk Assessment Russell Farrow

Double Rescues
• One stabilizes while the other enters
• Situated kayaker sculls for support as
person in the water enters

Nigel Foster
17:04 Food for Thought - Free Time Chris Duff
17:27 Self Rescues
• Paddle float re-entry
• Re-entry and roll with paddle float
• Re-entry and roll
• Cowboy re-entry
Nigel Foster
24:09 Factoid - Cell Phones Jean Totz
24:23 Eskimo Rescues
• Stay in kayak
• Lean forward
• Bang on hull
• Move hands forward and back
• Bring head to surface
• Hip flick
• Avoid collision
Nigel Foster
28:47 Food for Thought - Views on Sea Kayaking Christine
29:20 Towing Systems
• Body linked system
• Kayak linked system
• Quick release, shock absorbing, easy to
attach and remove, easy to stow, should float
• Person being towed steers toward tower
Nigel Foster
37:00 Factoid - Daisy Chain Stitch Jean Totz
37:15 Towing
      • Multiple kayaks rafted together
      • Attach using a tow line
      • There are several ways to rescue a swimmer,
practice all of the methods
      • Hold stern toggle, hold beside the bow,
lay on rear deck
Nigel Foster
41:05 Food for Thought - Views on Kayaking Nigel Robinson
41:43 Anchored Rescues
• Prevent Drift
• Keep line taut
• Tow when victim is seated
• Release line when clear of danger
Nigel Foster
44:01 Factoid - Flares Robert Starling
44:18 Repairs on Water
• Plumbers mastic tape or epoxy putty for wet surfaces
• Duct tape on dry surfaces
Nigel Foster
48:20 Food for Thought - Personal Boat Tether Chris Duff
49:10 Tips and Tricks Nigel Foster
57:00 Video Conclusion and Credits  
58:14 About Starling Productions  

Sea Kayaking Series - Volume 5: Forward Paddling
00:30 Introduction Robert Starling
00:58 Sponsors  
01:38 Video clips from the series  
02:15 The Forward Stroke with a … Nigel Foster
02:16 Euro Paddle  
06:29 Greenland Paddle  
07:55 Feathered Paddle  

Wing Paddle
  Forward Stroke Points
    • Torso rotation
    • Press with the same side foot
    • Blade placement
    • Clean blade exit
    • Move blade to the side during the stroke
    • Visualize placing the paddle and pulling
      the kayak past it

14:37 Factoids -Use a Spare Paddle Jean Totz

The Greenland Stroke
    • Check the overall paddle length, shaft or
       loom length and the diameter of the shaft
    • Your thumbs and forefingers encircle the
    • Your remaining fingers rest on the blades
    • Your hands are wider apart than your hips

Greg Stamer
27:04 food for thought - Views on Kayak Education Chris Duff
27:39 Maintaining a Course Nigel Foster
    • When a kayak turns off course it is usually
      because the stern is sliding sideways
    • Correct by pulling the stern back into line
    • Slice the blade out
    • Place the onside elbow to your hip
    • Press with your top hand
    • Edge the kayak towards the blade

    • Blend the bow draw into the forward stroke
    • Edge the kayak away from the stroke

Other Points
    • Edge the kayak into the wind to minimize
       weather cocking
    • Edge the kayak away from the wind to face
      or turn into the wind
    • Skegs and rudders can cause drag

33:38 Factoids - GPS Use for the Forward Stroke Jean Totz
33:59 Reversing and Stopping
    • Torso Rotation
    • Press with the opposite foot
    • Blade placement
    • Steer using a reverse sweep
    • Use straight arms

    • Use two light reverse strokes followed with
      two powerful reverse strokes
    • Or use a high brace turn

Nigel Foster
41:15 food for thought - Views on Navigation

41:40 High Brace Stop
    • Get in the high brace position
    • Raise the leading edge of the paddle
    • Pivot around the paddle
    • Use a hip flick to recover


Nigel Foster

factoids - Keep a Light Grip on the Paddle

Russell Farrow

Riding Following Seas
    • Watch the wave in the front of you
    • Accelerate when the bow drops
    • Relax and steer
    • Repeat when the kayak stalls
    • The bigger the wave in the front of you the
      bigger the wave is behind you
    • Watch the wave patters
    • Bigger waves travel faster

Nigel Foster
46:31 food for thought - Views on Kayaking Phil Eccles
47:12 Control Across Wind
    • Edge the kayak into the wind
    • Use a stern draw to stop stern slipping
    • Lower the skeg or rudder to stop stern
    • Lift the skeg or rudder when turning
      into the wind
Nigel Foster
51:46 Video Conclusion and Credits
52:58 About Starling Productions  

Sea Kayaking Series - Volume 6: Rolling and Bracing
00:36 Introduction Robert Starling
00:57 Sponsors  
01:37 Video clips from the series  
02:15 Wearing Your Kayak Nigel Foster The Foot Braces
   • With your legs straight and your feet upright,
     your feet should contact the foot braces
The Seat
   • Leave a finger width on each side between
      the seat and your hip
The Back Support
    • Should be firm and give central support at
       a low level
7:37 Factoid - Keep a Whistle with You Russell Farrow
7:52 Low Brace Recovery
    • Your blade is horizontal and flat
    • The power face is up
    • Keep your elbows above the paddle
    • Edge towards the paddle
    • Press down and hip flick
    • Your head peers over the edge of the
    • Guide your blade to the surface
Nigel Foster
11:27 Food For Thought -Views on Kayak Training Chris Duff
12:03 Rolling Part 1
    • Tuck your paddle along the side of the kayak
    • Follow the paddle into the water
    • Lean your body towards the paddle
    • Keep your head close to the surface
    • Extend your arms into the air
Nigel Foster
16:53 Factoid - Making a Parachute Flare Container
Jean Totz
17:17 Sculling for Support
    • Setup
    • Angle the front of the blade to skim
    • Lift and tuck the rear blade
    • Sweep the front blade out in an arc at 45 degrees
    • Reverse scull
    • Keep your elbows bent
    • Your elbows are hanging below the paddle shaft
    • Raise the leading edge of the paddle
    • Hip flick
Nigel Foster
24:07 Food for Thought - Views on Kayaks and Kayaking
Greg Stamer
24:40 Rolling Part 2
Rolling Tips
    • Tuck your paddle during the fall
    • Take time to setup
    • Use a scull if the roll fails
Nigel Foster
33:58 Factoid -Proper Paddling Shoes Robert Starling

Greenland Rolls and Bracing
    • Use an extended paddle
    • Always keep one hand on the paddle when extended sideways

High and Low Braces
    • Extend the paddle
    • Hip snap
    • Scull for additional lift

    • Keep your upper hand near your chin
    • Push upright by arching your back
    • Push your head down into the water
    • Recover your body position
    • Recover your blade by sliding it sideways inward

Greg Stamer
44:44 Video Conclusion and Credits  
46:00 About Starling Productions  

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