10 White Water Canoeing Tips
These 10 white water canoeing tips will prove useful when you set out for your summer canoeing trip. Be prepared and fun will be yours. White water canoeing can be a different kind of fun than kayaking because your boat is bigger, easier to get into, and you can bring more stuff. These 10 white water canoeing tips will make sure you make the best of your trip.
- Use proper posture all the time. Many paddlers tend to lean forward, particularly when dipping the paddle in the water. Don't do this. Not only will you become a better paddler if you refrain from leaning, but your back and arms will also become stronger. Sit up straight, use your back, and don't lean forward.
- Let the paddle extend into the water instead of your arm. Once you are in the habit of this you won't be as tempted to lean forward.
- Think of your arms as linking the paddle and the rotation in your back. Focus on the rotation in your back, and you will have increased power.
- Bring your upper hand high as you place the paddle in the water. This slight adjustment will increase your force against the water.
- When approaching white water tie your gear to the boat. Try not to bring valuables and be prepared in the event of a cap size.
- Wear comfortable, lightweight clothing that dries quickly. This is important in case the weight of the water hits your clothing. You don't need to be dragged down by excess weight. Also, quick drying clothing is a must for cold weather.
- Avoid objects in the water that might catch hold of your canoe. Fallen branches and trees should be avoided rather than navigated.
- If you fall in the water, float with your feet first. You want to protect your head from rocks and branches.
- Save your energy if you fall in. If you find yourself in the water, don't fight the current and wear yourself out.
- Be aware of your friends' needs. If traveling with other canoes, agree on signals such as 'thumbs up,' and 'thumbs down.' Communication really helps when someone needs help or needs to stop.