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Solo Canoeing on Flatwater

Learn how to maneuver a canoe solo. This is best practiced after a canoeist has a foundation of basic tandem skills.

Activity Details

It is strongly recommended that a lifeguard be present for ALL aquatic and boating activities. If your lake doesn't have an on-duty lifeguard, ask your leader if they are certified.

Instructions

Learn how much control you have over your vessel. Practice solo to truly improve your ability to understand your impact and ability to help your tandem partner.

Equipment
  • Canoe
  • Paddle
  • PFD (personal flotation device)

Parent Prep: Be prepared to pay rental fees for boats and equipment. Ask your leader which site(s) they recommend and are planning to teach your child. You are encouraged to specify your preferred site if you have one.

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Tandem Canoeing on Flatwater

Learn bow & stern positions, as well as the strokes needed to best help your partner. Beginner through advanced lessons available.

Activity Details

It is strongly recommended that a lifeguard be present for ALL aquatic and boating activities. If your lake doesn't have an on-duty lifeguard, ask your leader if they are certified.

Instructions
  • Beginner lessons include water safety, how to enter/exit the boat safely, proper paddle handling, and the basic forward and back stroke, and what to do if your boat flips.
  • Intermediate paddlers will learn and refine techniques for steering such as the draw stroke, sculling, the pry, and C-stroke. The stern will learn the J-stroke. Complete routes and challenges, and your ultimate test: a straight line (harder than you think).
  • Advanced canoeing can focus on a variety of techniques depending on the boater's specific goals.
Equipment
  • Canoe
  • Properly sized paddle per canoeist
  • Properly sized PFD (personal flotation device) per canoeist

Parent Prep: Be prepared to pay rental fees for boats and equipment. Ask your leader which site(s) they recommend and are planning to teach your child. You are encouraged to specify your preferred site if you have one.

Find a canoeing leader for this activity.

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