Essential Canoe Tips
In no particular order, here are a few fundamental top-tips for canoeists.
On spring days your airbags will appear to deflate after a few minutes, this is because the water is still cold. When you inflate your airbag at the start of the day the air is 37 degrees, as it cools it shrinks, So blow them up well at the start of the day and top them up after 10 mins on the water.
Watch out, the reverse of the above will happen on hot days, so if it.s a scorcher let a little air out of the bag over the day.
In big boats or if you are quite small it is sometimes difficult to reach over the gunwale. If this is the case your strokes will be too far away from the boat, resulting in a turning force rather than a forward-driving force.
The solution is simple. Bring your knees together and shift your weight to the paddle side. You will notice this lowers the gunwale considerably whilst (unexpectedly for beginners) it remains a remarkably stable position . Ultimately this tip enables you to reach over the gunwale, keeping your paddle vertical, performing an easier and more efficient forward stroke.
Canoe strokes appear to have all kinds of twists and tweeks in them! Maximize efficiency by relaxing your grip.
Maintain a loose grip improves your feel for the paddle, reduces tension in your arms and shoulders and improves accuracy and precision as you pull on the paddle.