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Whether you’re just getting into whitewater kayaking or you’re a long time river veteran and looking to raise your paddling game, these 5 golden rules are the fundamentals to get you there. I don’t necessarily think these are all inclusive, but when someone asks me what are the most important technique concepts for getting started in kayaking, these are the 5 Golden Rules for whitewater kayaking technique that come to mind:

1. Good Posture
2. The Paddler’s Box
3. Separation of Upper and Lower Body Movements
4. Where The Head Leads, Your Body Will Follow
5. Charging Arc and Vectors

Several of these will require their own videos for more detail and explanation, but hopefully this quick & dirty edit can serve as a starting point to jumpstart your fundamentals in kayaking.