Canoeing can be such a peaceful experience. Exploring the local waterways in a canoe is unlike any other type of water travel. No motor, no sails--just you, a canoe, and a paddle. It's just too bad that such an enjoyable experience can be totally ruined by not knowing how to get in the canoe in the first place. This article will help you with the subtle art of surviving your very first time getting in a canoe.
Tips & Warnings
Canoes are pretty stable craft when the load and canoers are centered and weighting is right. But it doesn't take much to throw off the balance and tip you over. When your in a canoe, don't stand up unless it's absolutely necessary. Standing not only causes weight displacement, it gives you less balance as well, so even if the craft doesn't overturn, you may lose your balance and go in the drink instead. And getting back in a canoe soaking wet is no recommended.
Do not overfill your canoe. Too many people can wreck a fun day on the water.
Watch the weather. If you see lightning, leave the lake or river immediately.
Article Written By Patrick Cameron
Patrick Cameron is a freelance writer with 10 years of diverse experience in consumer goods branding, promotions and retail communications. He works out of his home in Denver, Colo. He received his Bachelor of Arts in mass communication from the University of Minnesota.