TIMAX wrote:Regarding the rolling with a float, im not into that at all. I think it would teach some bad habits. Are you getting tuition or trying to teach yourself? Nothing beats a good teacher and good paddling partners so a club environment is good.
Now to Balance. I also struggle if i havnt been in the boat for a while. It takes time to be comfortable and depends on many things. eg , water bladder on pfd , upper body size, how tall you are ,seat height, what you have on your deck , load placement, inner ear problems , a cold or flu , clear glassy water and polarized sunglasses,hull design, attitude etc etc etc.
I have experienced all of these except upper body size
What i do to help is before and at the end of every paddle i do some edging practice. A sweep stroke 360 in both directions may be enough. If you can turn it on the spot by laying it right over in say 8 strokes then try beating that. See what others can do and try to out do them. Then just paddle a figure 8 on edge as tight as you can.. takes 2 min and is a bit of fun. try during a paddle to not use a rudder if you have one or corrective strokes. Just edge as much as you can.
Grumpy wrote:As Timax mentioned there are many factors affecting balance and therefore edging. I struggle with similar issues as you. I found that I had two problems, both techniques related:
1. I was not engaging my core which resulted in stiffness in the hip. I was not even aware of this but once corrected my balance and edging improved exponentially.
2. I raised my knee to engage and hold the edge but was unsuccessful in achieving or holding a solid edge. The problem was that while doing this I had both my butt cheeks firmly planted in the seat. Then a different instructor suggested that I engage the edge by shifting my weight to the side on which I want the edge. I was very pleasantly surprised how well this worked. If I wanted an edge on the right, I shifted weight to the right butt cheek and my left knee automatically came up. Keeping my weight shifted took less effort and was easier to maintain.
This worked for me. Hope it works for you.
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