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The Style Canoeing program follows in the footsteps of Omer Stringer, Bill Mason, Becky Mason, and others paddling in a classic Canadian form also called "Omering", Canadian Style, or Classic Solo Canoeing.
Students will be introduced to the basic concepts and core skills, forward control, weight turns, pivots and basic reverse skills in precisely controlled manoeuvres. Manoeuvres are to be completed on one paddling side, however it is encouraged to attempt these skills on both sides.
Students will finish each course with a good understanding of the effect of hull shape, edging, body position, and strokes.
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8 hours of instruction and expect 16 hours of personal practice time.
Swim 15m towing canoe and empty in shallow water
Attempted Solo re-entry of canoe from deep water
Canoe over Canoe or parallel rescue, supported re-entry from deep water
Self-rescue techniques – Capistrano flip, shake out, swim/tow shallow water empty
Use of throw bag and associated rescue of others
Launch and removal (shore/dock)
J Stroke and the Canadian Stroke
Rolling J (Silent stroke) and the Reverse J
Draw and Push away
Sculling (draw/push) in both directions
Box stroke (pivots)
Reverse stroke and compound back stroke
Running pry, jam (turns)
Running draw (turns)
Sweep (forward/reverse) for both turns and pivots
Forward and Reverse straight line
Forward straight line glide of 5-10 seconds
Forward and reverse controlled stops
Inside and outside circles
Controlled turns in both directions
Forward weight turns in both directions
Introduction to reverse weight turns
Basic synchronized paddling skills with another canoe
What is ‘Style’ Canoeing – off-shoots, related disciplines, and subsets
Boat types/shapes as they apply to style paddling
Influence of Omer Stringer & others (Bill Mason, Becky Mason, etc.) on Canadian Style canoeing
Canoe dynamics and mechanics
Lake Canoe Skills Introduction Solo or prior experience at the discretion of the Course Director
Individuals coming into this course must be comfortable with basic solo paddling skills.
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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.