HI Paulo, I’ve been using you online video for a few years now, starting with the layback rolling one. The most useful thing that I have taken from these videos is that torso rotation really starts at the feet and involves the butt & hips more so then twisting at the waist or shoulders. This has be a great help to me in preparing for upcoming BCU4* assessment & ACA L3 Instructor Certification Exam. My confidence in conditions and ability to maneuver my kayak is vastly improved. Your demonstrations and explanations are clear and concise and yet disclose some techniques that I have not seen in other online video courses.
Your approach where the kayak becomes an extension of you. Instead of controlling the boat your approach is a more spiritual approach. Its different but allowed me more success and enjoyment.
Your segment on fitting the kayak to your body changed my not being able to balance brace to success the first time after fitting the kayak. Also made a dramatic difference in success on the forward finishing roll.
Finally you identified a number of fears, failing a roll, brace, etc. and developed drills to practice which solved a problem, and gave me an approach to overcome my fears.
The videos have elevated my skill levels substantially. First, they introduced me to the Greenland paddle. So I dusted off the Greenland that was hanging in our family room and after a month I was converted to being a Greenland paddler.
The videos show how to better maneuver a kayak. For example, now when I turn it’s a stern draw and a bow rudder; it’s automatic. The rolls are one continuous sweep and sculling, bracing and edging are smother.
The videos have given me tools to continually improve my skills. It’s refreshing to learn from a master paddler.
If you are looking to get the most from your kayaking experience and want to extend your abilities, Paulo’s bracing videos will help you do that in a methodical way. Paulo has a way of teaching that allows the student to excel at his own pace and build on prior lessons with ease.
When I first got my Greenland Paddle it was difficult for me to let go of my Euro Paddle techniques and my performance suffered from this. Paulo has opened another world for me with his patient teaching. I like the way the videos blend the use of rolling, bracing and sculling to form a solid set of skills that keep me from panic when I find myself in an unfamiliar, dynamic situation that requires immediate action.
My confidence has been greatly increased since I watched and applied these lessons.
I am seeing great results with the exercises shown in the videos. I’ve taken rolling lessons before, but never had this success. Thank you for the wonderful videos
I couldn’t roll or do a sculling brace before I watched Paulo’s videos but now I can do both on both sides of the kayak. I’m very glad I came acress his rolling program and will definitly dontineu to follow his videos
First, let me tell you that I bought your basic forward stroke videos and at 75,now 76, years of age I did what you said to do. (I had only kayaked once before and dug and drug the paddle using only my arms and shoulders.) By following your guidance I developed a reasonably good forward stroke from the git go. I can go out and paddle 3 or4 miles and really enjoy it. I used to be a rock and mountain climber, cross country skier, backpacker, and snowshoer but have lost some of the use of my legs. Your excellent video course has let me find an outdoor activity that I really enjoy
Thanks for the great bracing vids. Very clear and helpful. ( I especially like the underwater shots. )
Your forward stroke video series are a pleasure to watch, I found that they are easy to follow and simply make sense.
You have a special way of breaking complex ideas into simple, easy to understand and useful advice.
I would recommend them to any paddler that wants to improve the efficiency of her/his forward stroke with any type of paddle.
I don’t get on the water as much as I would like, (do any of us?) but watching Paulo’s videos has helped me with my confidence as much as my skill level. The videos examined and explained many of the things that are not gone over by kayaking “experts”. Nothing beats time on the water when you have practiced the tools that Paulo give you.
Finger Lakes region of N.Y.