Learn the essential skills for canoeing calm bodies of water while staying within 100 yards of shore. We'll teach basic strokes for the stern and bow paddler including draws, sweeps, and the J-stroke. Students will learn why the bow paddler is more than just an engine and in fact can steer the canoe without assistance from the stern paddler. Paddlers will learn how to communicate with their partner to better understand what strokes to use and how to work together to reach a destination. Everyone will experience a controlled swamp and swim their canoe back to shore from 50-100 yards from shore. We'll also discuss a variety of basic safety topics.
Classes held at Lake Ahquabi State Park - 8:30-1pm
This course will teach you how to rescue canoes when they are too far away from shore to swim them in. You'll learn how to get another canoe emptied, upright, and the paddlers back inside without going to shore. You'll also learn how to handle a multiple canoe rescue. We'll help you refine your basic strokes and introduce heeling to improve your control and speed up your turns. Also discover how kneeling can increase your control and improve your balance in rough conditions