versa and gamut weren't created to replicate a traditional kayak paddling motion. they're extremely easy to use but the typical stroke patterns are a little different than you might be accustomed to due to the pivoting motion of the mount
so go ahead, have fun and experiment
you'll be an expert in no time
DIFFERENT STROKES FOR DIFFERENT FOLKS
The Versa shafts can be angled downward to roughly 25 degrees, which somewhat resembles a sweep stroke, or straightened to 180, approximating a forward stroke. That's about where the similarity ends!
TRY ALL THREE MODES
Straight and off the mount is ideal for entering and exiting the water; Use Versa straight and on the mount when you want less stress on your shoulders or when water conditions are choppy. Use it angled and on the mount for the most energy efficient experience and/or when the water is calm.
PRACTICE USING THE THUMB PIN
Do it on dry land first to get the hang of it. Lift the left shaft up to take the pressure off of slotted pin so you can adjust the paddle from angled to straight and back.
There are three quick release buttons on each shaft. Try shortening and lengthening the shafts for different conditions. Try paddling backwards and practice turning.