White Water Canoeing Gear : Canoeing Terms

White Water Canoeing Gear : Canoeing Terms


When you’re learning whitewater canoeing,
it helps to get a few basic terms down. The front of the boat is called the bow, the stern,
the back of the boat is called the stern, the left side, the right side, the thwart
is anything that crosses the boat, any piece of wood or generally a piece wood or a seat
that crosses the boat is called a thwart, the gunnels are on both sides going front
to back and the gunnels provide stiffness for the boat and provide, they also are the
tops of the edges of the boat. Float bags and parts of the paddle are the blade, the
throat, the shaft and the grip or the T-grip. Now on the blade and this is a curved blade,
so it’s easy to tell the difference, the side with the Mitchell sticker on it is the
back face of the blade and that’s the face of the blade that’s concave, convex, I’m
sorry, convex. The face that’s concave is called the front face or the power face of
the blade, so it’s the face that’s going to face back toward the paddler when you’re
taking a stroke. The side that I’m paddling on is called the on side, the side that I’m
not paddling on is called the off side and that will become real important in the strokes
when we talk about on side and off side strokes. So, again if I’m paddling right my right
side is my on side, my left side is my off side.

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