How good is your off water training?  Think what the spin bike does for cycling, and the hours spent by the rowers on rowing ergometers. These are all complimentary to their respective sports and the time spent on the ergometers is not meant to replace the actual activity.

Ergometer training simply adds another dimension to your training regime, adding strength and conditioning to your paddling. There are also the obvious benefits of convenience when you simply can’t make it out onto the water, and the huge benefits of being able to coach standing right next to the paddler to correct stroke and technique.