Day 2: About Being Balanced
Your child is learning how to:
- Paddle Board
- How to hold the paddle.
- How to get on and off the board
- Where to stand on the board (or sit)
- Wide base, bent knees, hand on top
- How to stop, turn left and right
- Best ways to balance
- What to do if they fall off
- Effortlessly drop the paddle in the water.
- Sit up tall throughout the stroke motion with only perceptible head movement.
- Whenever possible cut through waves rather than take them broadside.
- Keep your chest up, chin up, and shoulders down and relaxed through the stroke.
- Do the hula motion with your hips to keep the boat balanced when experiencing waves.
- Make powerful paddle entries into the water without leaning or tipping.
- Continually shift body weight from starboard to port side in order to keep the hull flat.
- Use the hiking stick if necessary to shift body weight outboard and continue to steer.
- Quickly releasing the sheets if the sail is drawn too tight and the boat begins to heel over.
- In coming about, smoothly and quickly shift body weight during the turning motion.
- Always be prepared to quickly release a cleated sheet in gusty winds.
- Continually scan the sheets for the main and jib to ensure they are free and unknotted.