Lots of differing opinions but this post stood out:
Can anyone confirm this quote? I don't have the book, but at least they acknowledge its not ideal.Penelope Pitstop wrote:I looked in the BCU Handbook to see what it had to say about the matter, I couldn't help noticing Chapter 23, Whitewater Kayaking, page 300, which talks about breaking in and out. It continues, to say that
"Problems often arise because people use a low brace turn (a combination of sweep stroke and low brace) in the same form that is taught on flat water. this sequence s considered easier to perform but actually requires greater judgement. The sweep stroke spins the boat too soon with minimum driving effect into the eddy. The low brace is often mistakenly pushed forward to create the turn, because the eddy has not been penetrated, acting as a reverse sweep. Innappropriately timed or executed, this in effect "bounces" the boat back into the current.
On moving water there is no need for a sweep if the angle, speed and edge are correct. The low brace is only applied when the boat has penetrated deep into the eddy and the turn has been initiated by the opposing currents."
The last few times I've taught beginners the "Low Brace Turn" I have generally left out the sweep stroke part completely or added it in only so they know to do it for assessment. The importance instead being placed on keeping their edge up and paddling out of the eddy, using a low brace only if they have too.
I agree that it still has its place in the disciplines that still involve longer boats, I suppose Wild Water Racing would bring it into the realm of the Level 3 but I don't know much about this discipline. The reason for having it on the Level 4 escapes me.