Sweep strokes – To turn your kayak by using one side of the paddle and pulling it towards you.
Draw stroke – To move the kayak sideways by placing both hands and blades of the paddle over one side of your kayak, your paddle standing up and down. Reach out as far as you can, placing the bottom blade in the water, then pulling the lower hand on the paddle towards your hip, moving yourself sideways.
Tandem kayak – A longer kayak with two cockpits. Sometimes called a divorce boat.
Drybag – Waterproof bag used for gear storage.
Eddy – A place in the river where the water reverses and flow upstream, a great place to pause and rest. Often found behind an obstruction or sharp turn.
Pogies – Mittens that attach to the paddle shaft for cold weather.
Tracking – The ability of the boat to hold a straight course, depending on hull design.
Skeg – A steering device that drops down from the hull at the stern of the kayak. It is static and helps the kayak stay straight.
Portage – Carrying your kayak around an obstacle or across land to another destination.