The low brace is the best technique to recover you without getting wet if you lost your balance. Here the adjunct “low” means you have to hold your paddle under your elbows during the brace.
You will be able to do the low brace just by pushing the paddle against the surface of the water and hold it little longer by sweeping the blade opposite to the surface.
- First, you have to make sure that you are in the correct position. Maintain the usual forward paddling grip of your paddle. Positioned the paddle near to your hip and check that the blade’s lower back face is pointing down at the facet you wanted to lean. Because of this, you have got your elbow on that side quite high and knuckles are indicating downwards.
Make sure that the blade’s edge is slightly raised when your kayak is moving. This way will make the blade to climb up to the surface instead of dividing under the water if you sweep it against the water.
- To exercise the low brace method, lean to the side until you start to drop over. After losing your balances immediately pushes the blade down against the surface and at the same time move your weight bravely on the paddle. Holding your paddle horizontal while bracing will give you the satisfactory support.
Your instinct may insist you to rapidly bend your torso back on top of the kayak to regain the balance. But it leads to a complex situation because you are in the different ground. So, primarily you must straighten the kayak and only after that, you should worry about your upper body.
- The kayak comes to the straight position by doing the hip flick that was educated in the above tutorial Recovery basics. This method is nothing but you have to twist your hip and push the deck with your knee to tilt the kayak back upright.
Presently the kayak begins to be back to its level position. The pivoting constrains of it will help you a bit, once you thrush your upper body back to balance. Think of it more when the kayak has slipped and you are trying to drag it back under you. Maintain your body close enough to the deck can even make things much less difficult.
- Working towards this after a while, attempt to include a clearing movement from the back to forward and you may shortly able to brace for a lot longer. And keep in mind to working on both the sides.
If you feel low brace is failed, you can attempt to get back yourself by switching to a high brace.