Basic Canoeing Tips

Basic Canoeing Tips
Every canoe trip should be a fun experience. It is not uncommon for a canoe trip to be spoiled because an important item was forgotten or lost. Safety precautions should always be taken, even if you are an expert at canoeing. Accidents can happen. Being prepared is the best protection. Follow these basic tips to ensure that your canoe trip is not only a fun one, but a safe one, too.


Difficulty: Easy


Step 1
Bring life jackets, sunscreen, a first aid kit and important medications. Always let someone know where you are going and how long you anticipate you will be gone. That way someone knows when and where to look for you if you do not return home.
Step 2
Canoe with at least one other person, if possible. Another person can be of assistance in the event that you become injured. Sharing the joy of canoeing with another person can be fun, too.
Step 3
Use maps to plan your trip well. Research the area you will be canoeing in to make sure it matches your skill level. If you are a beginner, you do not want to get surprised by canoeing in an area that requires expert experience. If possible, bring a GPS on the trip to assist navigation and help prevent you from becoming lost.
Step 4
Bring plenty of food and water. Bring more than you anticipate needing in case you get stranded. An emergency pack with non-perishable items should be brought on every canoe trip.
Step 5
Make sure to use the correct paddle size. Paddles that are the wrong size will not only be more difficult to use, but will also tire you out faster.
Step 6
Place all of your belongings in dry bags. Dry bags are waterproof bags that float. In the unfortunate event that your canoe tips, you want to be able to locate your belongings and have them remain dry. Keep a change of clothes, including sweaters and jackets, in the dry bag.
Step 7
Bring extra paddles. Paddles can break or get lost. You don't want to get stuck without paddles on your trip.
Step 8
Wear shoes instead of sandals. Sandals can easily fall off the foot and get lost, leaving the person barefoot. Carrying a canoe barefoot on rocky terrain is not a pleasant experience.
Step 9
Don't take any chances. It is better to carry a canoe around situations that you are not certain you can paddle through.
Step 10
A good pair of gloves is always good to have handy in case the skin on your hands starts to become tender from paddling.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose is an outdoor enthusiast who has respect for the environment. She volunteers her spare time working to rehabilitate wildlife and their habitats. She also teaches survival skills and leads groups on nature explorations.

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