Both feet forwards, Inside shoulder back, inside hip back.
Lean forward by bending at the hips, (not by rounding your back)
Outside shoulder, forward, outside hip forward All this means that your body is rotated towards your partner, back facing OUTSIDE the boat.
Outside hand…is your water hand, also known as your bottom hand—is far forward.
Water elbow is straight… so your hand (holding the paddle shaft..close to the blade of the paddle) can be as far forward as possible.
Your inside hand… (your top hand)… is holding the handle of the paddle and is on your inside hip.
Shoulders are back and down, away from ears.Top of your head is facing the sky.
Chin is away from your chest.
Face is towards the drummer.
The paddle blade is flat.
Paddles Up !
Water hand does not move. Feet do not move.
Outside arm does not move. Inside hand (that is holding the paddle handle and is on your hip) lifts up, goes over the water…as far forward as you can reach at head level or slightly higher. Inside shoulder is still back, inside hip is still back.
The paddle blade is now perpendicular to the boat and is two inches from the top of the water.
Everyone does this move – together– at the same time… 20 teammates…
Take It Away!
GO. Start paddling. Gently. In sync with your teammates.
Hold the Boat!
Stop the Boat!
Drive the paddle down into the water.
Bury the paddle deep—beside your hip.
Hold the paddle still.
Hold the Boat Hard!
Stop the boat fast!
Drive the paddle down into the water (beside your hip) and when the blade is buried….push is forward..
Back It Down
Means move the boat backwards.
Bury the paddle behind your hip and and with your water hand (bottom hand) push the blade forward in the water..
Means the boat needs to move sideways.
The paddlers on one side of the boat will reach out and bury the blade….far away from the boat… parallel to the boat…and pull the boat over to the paddle.
When this is being done the paddlers on the opposite side of the boat need to lean out… to keep the boat balanced.
Often done at the same time or immediately after the “Draw” command.
The team is trying to accomplish the same task— move the boat sideways. The teammates bury their paddles parallel to the boat ….very close to the boat…and push the paddle away…moving the boat sideways.
Draw and Pry are not often used during a practice but mostly at the start line— when it is crucial to getting in the proper lane
Dig your paddle down deeper
Push with your legs, harder.
Touch up your stroke and give it your all!
This is only used at the start of the race.
It means… Paddles Up! (see above)
It means…Get Ready To Win!
Not done!... this command means… We are almost done.