Open Canoe Mistakes|
Hundreds of paddlers
of all ages attend our canoe school annually. Day after day, we detect and correct paddling problems of all walks of canoeists, from beginner to advanced. When you spend as much time teaching canoeing skills as we do, you notice about 11 common bad habits many canoeists develop. If paddlers never have their mistakes corrected, everything from surfing and
ferrying to catching midstream eddies and navigating big drops becomes more
and more difficult.
Like telemark skiing
versus alpine skiing, single-blade paddling is harder to learn than double-blade boating. The longer learning curve requires a basic toolbox of skills to attain a high level of proficiency. Following are 11 of the most common paddling mistakes that will keep you from becoming an efficient paddler.
Contributed By: Douglas Whipper
- Pulling your paddle
grip inside of your canoe gunwale, which puts your blade at an angle when ruddering. Instead, extend your upper hand out so the grip is outside the gunwale.
- Not heeling the canoe's
hull into the direction of a turn.
- Trying to draw or sweep
the bow against the current to change the canoe's direction instead of prying or drawing the stern downstream.
- Changing paddling sides
to steer the canoe.
- Not holding the paddle
vertical when doing a power stroke.
- When solo paddling or
paddling stern in a tandem, not doing a rudder at the end of the power stroke.
- Leaving eddies with too
much angle when starting an upstream ferry.
- Not starting a stern
pry with the paddle blade touching the side of the canoe at the stern, and prying the paddle until it is so far out that it kills forward momentum. Inappropriate reverse sweeps create the same problem.
- Not burying the blade
completely under the surface when executing strokes.
- Not enough forward
momentum when punching eddy lines.
- Using a paddle that is
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