Free Info on Fishing From a Canoe, Canoe Camping, & Wilderness
Canoe Navigation & Canoe Safety
Solo Canoeing & The Wind
If you are taking out the canoe
by yourself, you should be sitting in the front seat facing
the back. If you sit in the back seat, the wind will whip you
around relentlessly! You should also place gear (or a
large rock) in front of you for ballast.
Solo Steering The Canoe
If you are canoeing solo or are
the sole paddler, the canoe will have a tendency to turn to
the side opposite the side you are paddling on. You can
correct this in one of two ways:
Alternate sides that you
paddle on every few strokes. If with another person
you will get them a bit wet however! When paddling
alone this method works well.
Use the J-stroke. As
you complete a normal stroke, rotate the paddle so your
thumb points forward and the paddle sweeps away from the
canoe and countersteers toward the side you are paddling on.
Things Not To Do In A Canoe!
- Never stand when with another person,
- Never take a canoe out in overly windy
- Never take your canoe in flooded rivers.
- Never take a small child out unless both
you and the child are wearing proper life vests at all
- It is strongly advised not to take a
canoe out in icy waters that would quickly result in
hypothermia in the event the canoe is overturned.
- Never run rapids without making sure of
what you are up against. Scout the stretch of waters