A couple of weeks ago I wrote
about a new kayak skills DVD just released called Kayak Essentials.
I was very pleased to get a copy in the mail to review.Kayak Essentials
is produced by BCU coaches Nick Cunliffe, Matt Giblin and Lynsey Evans. They are all extremely well qualified instructors and it’s very evident that they did their homework with this project. The kayaking skills demonstrated throughout the DVD are good and the production for a training video is top rate.
Clocking in at roughly an hour and an half, Kayak Essentials
focuses on the core skills for flatwater, whitewater and sea kayaking.
The one thing I noticed right off the start is that the video isn’t flashy at all. At first I was thinking, “Ugh oh, what have we got here?” but then I was pleasantly surprised that the lack of flash was made up for by the depth of knowledge in skills that the DVD presented. Every time a new skill is introduced they take the time to go through the stroke; carefully pointing out the key elements as well as common problems beginners usually have. Scattered throughout are extra challenges and simple coaching tips to remember when out paddling on your own.