Photo credit: Priscilla Haskin
The Introduction to Big Canoe Paddling Skills introduces beginner paddlers to paddle alongside a crew of at least 5 others in calm sheltered waters.
Students are introduced to the basic paddling strokes and manoeuvres under the direction of their Big Canoe Leader/Captain.
At the end of the course students have the confidence and basic skills to join crew of others to venture out on short paddling adventures in these historically significant and beautiful canoes.
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3 hours minimum of instruction.
- Carrying a big canoe
- Basic environment hazards (water/ wind/waves/weather) when to get off
- Hypothermia & hyperthermia (being prepared)
- Personal preparation (clothing, water, snacks, medication, etc.)
- Transport Canada regulations
- Leader/captain commands
- Enter and exit a canoe: dock or shoreline
- Paddling in cadence
- Switching sides
- Forward and reverse strokes
- Check (stop)
- Stationary low brace
- Drop skeg
- Optional strokes for the bow padders including draw and pry
- How to hold a paddle
- Paddler placement
- Canoe trim and 5” freeboard
- Forward & reverse paddling
- Pivot and wide turns
- Switching sides and placement
- What is a big canoe?
- Paddle and canoe care
- Understanding commands
- Equipment for 1/2-day tour
- Paddling within your ability
- Leave no trace principles
- Where to go from here (paddle courses and resources)
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If you have any specific syllabus questions, please get in touch with the
Canoe Program Committee who is responsible for the development and maintaince of this course.