Canoeing | Top 5 Tips to Make You A Better Paddler

Canoeing | Top 5 Tips to Make You A Better Paddler


This episode of Paddle TV is brought to
you by the ACA—improving the paddlesports experience for over a century.
Learn more at American canoe dot org Whether you’re an experienced canoer or this is your first time, this video is going to reveal five tips that will make you a
better paddler, and make your experience on the water more enjoyable and safer.
The first tip is that “loose hips saves flips”. What this means is that by
keeping your body relaxed, particularly in the hips, it’ll be much easier to keep
your balance and avoid capsizing if there’s a sudden shift in the boat, if
you encounter waves, or when anything else happens that rocks your canoe—so
relax those core muscles and let your hips go with the flow. The second tip is
to paddle smarter, not harder. One of the best ways to do this is to learn to use
the larger muscle groups of your torso to power your strokes and not just your
arms. In fact, you can think of yourself as a tree, where the trunk gives the
tree its strength rather than the small branches. By doing this, not only will
your strokes have more power, but it will improve your stamina and leave you with
more energy to deal with situations that arise, like a capsize. The way to use your
larger torso muscles to power your strokes is by practicing torso rotation,
which means twisting at the waist when you take a stroke rather than just
pulling with your arms. For example, with a forward stroke you don’t want to power the stroke just with your arms, but with your whole upper body. What that means is, when I plant the blade on the right I’m gonna push my right shoulder forward and rotate my torso to the left. As I pull on the blade, I’m going to unwind that torso to power the stroke. The third key canoeing tip is that even
though most canoes have comfy and inviting seats, kneeling is a more stable
position because it lowers your center of gravity and gives you better contact
and control over the canoe. In particular, if you’re dealing with any wind, waves, children or pets, it’s a great idea to maintain a kneeling position with your butt on the edge of the seat. Of course it’ll be much more comfortable if you have foam pads or something else soft to kneel on. This brings us to the fourth tip, which is simply to always wear a life jacket on the water. Now, one of the biggest reasons people take their life jacket off is because they find it uncomfortable and this is why it’s worth investing in a
paddling specific life jacket, because they’re designed to be as comfortable
and unrestricting as possible, whether you’re sitting back and relaxing or paddling hard. When wearing a life jacket, it should feel comfortable and fit snug
enough so it won’t ride up in you when you’re in the water. The fifth and final
canoeing tip is to use a properly sized paddle, because this will let you paddle
the most efficiently and comfortably. A simple way to measure a paddle for
proper fit is to stand and put the blade of the paddle on the ground in front of
you—the grip should be somewhere between shoulder and nose height. So there you
have it, the top five canoeing tips. I hope you enjoyed this video and if you
did please subscribe to our Paddle TV YouTube channel and stay tuned for lots
more tips and tricks.

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