Most of the time, we paddle comfortably balanced and secure. For those other times, there are support strokes to avert an imminent capsize.
It's important to emphasize that the essence of support strokes is control of the boat with the knees, thighs and hips. The paddle is used for momentary stability, to provide an opportunity to use the lower body to right the boat beneath the paddler. It follows that support strokes are effective only if the paddler is well fitted to the kayak. Another important point about support strokes is that, in real conditions, they must be reflexive. Situations that challenge balance usually develop suddenly. If you have to think about a brace, it probably won't work. Practice your braces, particularly the low brace, every time you paddle until they become reflexive.
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