Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Paddle in a Canoe

Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Paddle in a Canoe


We want to talk about paddling your canoe.
So basically go ahead and get in the boat like we explained before, and there’s two
strokes that you want to learn for your canoe. The first one is your forward stroke. It’s
going to be very similar to the kayak stroke. You want to grab the “T” grip with your hand,
one hand on the lower part of the paddle; you’re going to put the blade in the water
in front of you. It’s going to go to about a three quarters depth. You’ll be bringing
it back straight alongside the boat. You’ll do three strokes on this side, second stroke,
third stroke, and then what you want to do is switch hands. So you’ll actually switch
your grip, it will be your left grip, left hand on the “T” grip, right hand on the bottom
of the shaft, one, two, three, and then again switching sides. This will keep you going
straight. Now, if there are two people in the boat, what you want to do is have the
person in the front calling the stroke. So one person will be stroking on one side, the
person in the back will be stroking on the opposite side. When you do your switch, the
person in front will call out “hut”, which means to switch sides. So again, one, two,
three, I call out “hut”, my partner and I swap sides so he’s now paddling on that side
of the boat; I’m paddling on this side of the boat, one, two, three. Now to do a turn
stroke basically it’s a lot like kayaking. You want to basically, that back part of the
stroke, bring the stroke towards the boat, which will turn the boat. Same as what we
learned in the kayaking video go ahead and watch the kayaking for the turning. It was
called “The Sweep Stroke” and it’s that last section of the stroke where it just pulls
towards the boat, which will turn the boat for you.

12 thoughts on “Kayaking & Canoeing for Beginners : How to Paddle in a Canoe

  • May 1, 2009 at 3:46 am
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    Actually this is pretty good advice for beginners, and yes you do switch hands. this isn't a kayak it's a canoe, it's wider. if you don't switch hands you can hurt your shoulder.

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  • January 3, 2010 at 8:44 am
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    I just did the Murray Marathon in australia which is a 5 day 404km canoe marathon and I did it in a TC2.
    There is a few things i disagree on, I'm a back paddler for our TC2 and I call the change, as the back person is in charge of steering the boat. You shouldn't have to do a "turn stoke" which i know as a draw stroke unless you need to turn the canoe sharply.
    This instruction video isn't very good for any sought of serious canoeing.

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  • May 17, 2010 at 7:45 pm
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    you switch too often. Keep in mind that your boat moves forward only when you your paddles in the water and are doing a stroke.

    A very poor paddling video unless you are just learning to paddle and efficient strokes are not your main concern.

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  • July 21, 2011 at 7:40 pm
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    remember, there is a stroke in paddling so that you do not need to switch sides

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  • August 29, 2011 at 6:19 pm
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    Or the person in the back could just watch the person in the front and switch at the same time. If the person in the back is paddling using a j stroke very little switching will be needed except to alleviate tiredness in the arms. This video is not all that informative.

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  • August 29, 2011 at 6:21 pm
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    also he did not mention (nor do) that the paddle should be as verticle as possible.

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  • March 28, 2012 at 10:29 am
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    Mate, you need some lessons.

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  • April 20, 2013 at 9:06 am
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    switching sides is one of the greatest stupidness in boat. In one person or two.

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  • June 24, 2013 at 8:37 pm
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    I'm going canoeing in two weeks and i cant swim! I'm so scared!!!

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  • November 30, 2013 at 6:01 am
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    He's gonna hit that sharp rock! That was too distracting for seeing the stroke.

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  • January 19, 2017 at 5:17 pm
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    sorry but you need to take the video down, its so completely incorrect. Its really going to misinform people, and as a consequence people are not going to enjoy canoeing. its so much easier and beautiful to get the correct canoe strokes, I would advise anyone to look elsewhere for their coaching.

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  • July 17, 2018 at 1:37 am
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    good advice thanks

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