Wed June 3rd 2015
Steering by Leaning
You can steer by changing sides, or with draw strokes and cross bow strokes. However, the most efficient way to steer the boat is to lean it and let it carve to one side or the other. This is especially useful when the water is shallow and you need to keep short fast strokes in order to keep moving - leaning will keep your forward momentum but still let you steer.
In order to do this well, both paddlers need to keep the boat loose so that it can lean gently and effectively. The leans work the opposite of a bike, so lean away from where you want to go. (i.e. to go right, lean left)