Learn How to Canoe and Explore the Water

Connie McKinneyStarred Page By Connie McKinney, 26th Aug 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/31pjiu38/
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Birds fly overhead, beavers paddle past you and squirrels and deer peek at you from the shore. These are some of the sights and sounds you can enjoy while paddling a canoe.

Canoeing: A Fun Way to Travel on the Water

Canoeing lets you get up close and personal with nature. You'll see all kinds of birds flying overhead - maybe even a bald eagle. Because canoeing actually allows you to be on the river, lake or ocean; you can see more animals and birds than you would from the shore or from the deck of a tour boat.
Seals may pop their heads out of the water and check you out in places such as Maine. Otters, fishers and turtles may paddle past your canoe or sun themselves on a rock. Don't forget your camera!
Canoeing is similar to kayaking in several ways. Both sports require you to practice good posture and balance. Sit up straight at all times when paddling a canoe or kayak.
Both canoeing and kayaking can be done by one person or more than one person. Some people like to paddle solo while others like to paddle as a team.
Canoeing, like kayaking, is a sitting down sport which means people with disabilities and children can participate safely. However, keep a close eye on your children. If possible, sit behind them and paddle with them in the same canoe.

Getting In and Out of a Canoe

Like kayaking, canoeing can be difficult to get in and out of. To get into a canoe, place your paddle in the canoe and put both hands on either side of the canoe. Then, carefully step one foot into the center of the canoe. Then, get your second foot in and sit down. When it's time to get out, follow these same steps except stay seated as long as you can.
Let's see how it's done:

How to Paddle a Canoe

Canoeing uses two basic paddle strokes: the forward stroke and the turn stroke. The forward stroke is similar to the one used in kayaking. Grab your paddle with one hand and place your other hand on the lower paddle part. Put the paddle in the water about three-quarters of the way in. Take three strokes then switch hands and sides.
When there are two people in the canoe, you will follow the same steps as outlined above only both of you will be paddling on opposite sides. When you paddle right, your partner will paddle left and so on.
The turn stroke is similar to the kayaking stroke. Bring the paddle toward the boat and pull toward it. The canoe should turn.
Let's take a closer look at paddling:

Safety Tips For Canoeing

Staying safe in a canoe is similar to staying safe in a kayak. Wear a life vest any time you use either one. Don't drink alcohol before getting into either a kayak or canoe.
Don't canoe alone unless you've built up years of experience.If possible, take a guided tour for your first canoe trip.
Take a safety course before setting out on the water. You can find a course near you from the American Canoe Association at www.americancanoe.org or through the Coast Guard at www.uscgboating.org
Stay safe, have fun and keep your eyes open when you're in a canoe. You might even see an eagle soaring overhead.

Here is an article I did on kayaking:
Here is an article I did on mountain climbing:


The videos came from You Tube.
The photos came from morguefile.com
This article used some background information from the American Canoe Association
For more information, visit the Coast Guard Web site at


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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Aug 2013 (#)


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author avatar cnwriter..carolina
27th Aug 2013 (#)

such a fun piece...thanks...

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author avatar Carol
27th Aug 2013 (#)

Wow Connie, you have so much knowledge, love this piece!

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author avatar Delicia Powers
27th Aug 2013 (#)

Nicely done, thanks Connie...:0)!...what a lovely sport...

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Delicia. It is fun to do.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carol. It was fun to write this.

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author avatar Connie McKinney
27th Aug 2013 (#)

Thanks, Carolina. It was fun to write, and it's fun to paddle.

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