Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Show Me Your Bob
or your Sarah...
or your fluffy
I'm sure I didn't invent it, but I use it a lot when teaching torso rotation. It's really quite a simple concept. I ask the student to name their favorite person or pet and to then imagine that they have that person's/pet's picture on the front of their pfd.

Being proud of the person/pet, it is assumed they would want the world to see the pictures. I put paddlers on each side of the student (or, if in a channel, tell them to imagine people on shore) and tell the student to show everyone the picture. In order to do so, they absolutely have to rotate (turning the boat is not allowed), and it is amazing (at least to me) how well the vast majority do it and do it well. It is equally amazing how many don't once the imaginary picture is gone. Try it.

Paddle safe...
DS

7 comments:

Steadfast Ahoy! said...

Maybe if you had been my teacher, I would have progressed beyond spinning in circles. I only tried it once. The pros make it look so easy.....

Rosemary

paddlingOTAKU said...

Another way to accomplish that is by having the student lock their arms straight. With locked elbows the only way to paddle a kayak is to rotate your torso.

I like the 'fluffy' idea though I might try it.

thanks

PO

Silbs said...

If you are going in circles, you are rotating more on one side than the other. Let the folks on the other side also get a good look at Fluffy.

OTaku: We do use the straight arm technique. I often started it on shore. Good thoughts.

Susan V. said...

THe "lock your arms straight" routine will only work if the student also keeps the angle between chest and arm constant - otherwise, if their shoulders are flexible enough, they'll just gimbal their arms back and forth and still not get the big muscles involved in the stroke.

Silbs said...

Hence the "paddler's box".

paddlingOTAKU said...

Yes, I sometimes call it the 'power box' if you break the corners the power leaks out, or the 'pizza box' break the corners the cheese leaks out.

PO

Silbs said...

Blogger isn't letting me okay posts just now, so I have pasted this in : paddlingOTAKU
Yes, I sometimes call it the 'power box' if you break the corners the power leaks out, or the 'pizza box' break the corners the cheese leaks out.