Footage from the Harvard Dragon Boat practice on June 27, 2011 for observing and improving stroke technique. Video was obtained from the front of the boat simultaneous with a side view obtained from the other boat. The first half of the video is of the blue-yellow boat (front and side views) while the second half of the video is of the blue-white boat (side-view only). Parts of the video were slowed to better observe the full stroke. Observe the things paddlers are doing well, and the things they can improve.
Parts of the technique to observe:
- inner arm outside gunnel during stroke so that paddler can see partner under their arm (side view)
- inner arm doesn't drop during recovery (front view)
- paddle blade fully buried on each stroke
- full rotation on each stroke without simply bobbing up and down
- pulling with back and not using biceps
- sitting fully upright at the end of each stroke
- outside arm straight before the catch
- good timing
Full practice data: http://goo.gl/oAcaQ
Practice map: http://goo.gl/Egtg9
Footage was obtained with a GoPro HD Hero mounted on a tripod at the front of the boat and a Kodak Playsport from the adjacent boat. Video was obtained at 720p, 60fps.