Water Sports: Canoeing
Canoeing involves the physical act of propelling an open-decked canoe with a paddle. This manually powered activity mirrors other paddling sports using different water vessels, such as kayaking, rafting, and boating. A canoe paddler typically uses a single-bladed paddle, whereas kayak paddlers use a double-bladed paddle. Other differences include seating arrangement and competition specifications, such as length and width of the vessel. Competition canoes generally require the paddlers to kneel, whereas kayaks require the paddler to sit. Recreational canoes employ seats for the paddlers and storage compartments to keep food and supplies from getting wet. Paddlers frequent open lakes, rivers, and other open waterways. Follow these links to learn more about canoeing:
- The History of the Canoe: A brief explanation on the origin of canoe, who created it, and what purpose they served at the time of its creation.
- The History of Canoeing: The Very Beginning: The International Canoe Federation explains that the original canoes were used for transportation, trade, and war.
- HowStuffWorks: History of Canoes: The first canoes were used by Native Americans, explorers, missionaries, and trappers. The canoe made it easier to travel by water across quiet waters, lakes, and rivers.
- Paddling Then: A Brief History of Canoeing and Kayaking (PDF): A teacher's module that explains the purpose of early canoes, such as the dugout.
- History of Canoeing: Hemlock Pete explains the origins and evolution of the canoe, starting with the birch bark and ending with the different modern varieties.
- Saint Olaf College: History of Canoeing: An educational webpage that explains that the Native Americans used the canoe as a way of life.
Paddling Information and Instruction
- Top 10 Safety Tips: The American Canoeing Association (ACA) offers ten safety tips for those learning how to paddle a canoe safely.
- Canoe Safety Tips: Environmental Education for Kids offers safety tips for parents and their children interested in canoeing, including ways to keep dry and out of danger.
- Boating Handbook: Canoes and Kayaks Safety: A webpage offering safety tips while padding in canoes and kayaks, including steps to make the canoe and its paddlers visible to other water vessels.
- Canoe NI: Safety Information: A webpage advising paddlers to follow the five point system when canoeing. The five-point system considers the paddlers' experience level, equipment, weather conditions, planning, and emergencies for optimal safety.
- Canoe Safety: Do's and Don'ts: Paddle Bayou Lafourche shares the do's and don'ts of canoe safety.
- Manually Propelled Vessel Safety Rules: The State of Connecticut's Department of Energy and Environmental Protection shares some important rules and safety tips for paddlers, including steps to surviving if the canoe flips.
Canoe Clubs and Organizations