How to Steer and Paddle a Canoe : How to do a Draw Stroke in Canoeing

How to Steer and Paddle a Canoe : How to do a Draw Stroke in Canoeing

The draw stoke moves your boat toward your
paddle side. In order to do a draw stroke there are 3 main principals. The first one
is we’re going to face our war. We’re going to turn our torso toward our on side so that
our torso is facing the direction of the stroke. The second one is that I’m going to stack
my hands. Top hand right on top of the bottom hand and they’re both out over the gunnel
with a nice vertical paddle shaft. Now with my blade buried in the water, I’m going to
draw the boat toward the paddle and then I’m going to recover by turning my blade so it’s
parallel to the direction that I want to recover in and slicing it back away from the boat.
Now, I’m purposely keeping the blade a little bit out of the water here so you can see the
angle of the blade. Here’s the stroke again, here’s the recovery. I’m doing that recovery
by turning my top hand thumb out away from the boat to slice the blade back out. You
can also do an out of water recovery. That first recovery is called an in water recovery.
An out of water recovery you do a draw stroke toward the boat, drop your top hand forward,
lift the blade slightly, and go back out to the next stroke. Generally, if you’re going
to do more than one of the strokes in a row and in water recovery is a more efficient
way to do it and certainly it’s a more smooth way to keep the boat moving to the side. That’s
a draw stroke.

3 thoughts on “How to Steer and Paddle a Canoe : How to do a Draw Stroke in Canoeing

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:53 am

    hey me and my brother and beat bud are planning on doing a 40 mile canoe trip to our grandmas.. we figured 14 hours of boat travel after looking atthe map.. so is it possible to paddle for 14 hours with 20-40 minute paddle sets with about 3-5 min breaks inbetween.. we know its gonna be hard but is it possible to paddle like that.. because we are getting a canoe and never paddled one before.. so we dont know what to expect

  • July 7, 2011 at 1:53 am

    @lilbubka beat bud..(*best bud*)

  • May 8, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    Just bought an Esquif Raven. These videos have been invaluable in my introduction to solo whitewater canoing. Thank you so much f or sharing them here.


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