After an amount of time the beginning enthusiast becomes so skilled in their paddling skills and their judgment of what to do when on the water that it is time to move up to the intermediate level, this means learning new paddling strokes and being able to use them on waters that may be rated in a higher class.
When a person learns some of the new paddling techniques one that they will learn is named the drive, in this paddling stroke the kayak is moved through the water by torso power. To do this stroke the hand placed at the top of the knob is held at eye level with the elbow bent, and the arms stay in a fixed position when placing the paddle blade in the water.
Power paddling is also a technique that will be learned in intermediate paddling, this is done with the legs helping the torso and the arms. The legs are used to help power the torso at the time the paddle blade slices into the water. This kind of paddling is needed in some types of water and the use of the legs is often referred to as leg bracing.
Another important paddling stroke for the intermediate person is the draw stroke this is needed when a kayaker is approaching the coastline or jetties, for this paddle stroke the torso is faced in the direction that the craft is to move, the top hand on the paddle is kept at the height of the forehead and the bottom hand is kept at the level of the hips. When the paddle is put into the water the blade is rotated at a ninety-degree angle before it would strike the side of the hull.
There is also a paddle stroke named reverse paddling, this is important to do correctly in order to keep from straining the body. The torso should be turned, facing the front and back of the kayak and the body should not be leaning. The blade is put into the water with the lower hand and the upper hand raises it out of the water, keeping it close to the side of the kayak for the fullest effect.
These are just a few of the many intermediate paddling strokes and while there are many more these are ones that are very important for the enthusiast to know how to perform correctly.