Basic Canoeing: All the Skills and Tools You Need to Get Started (How To Basics)


  • 2003 National Outdoor Book Award Winner
  • Step-by-step photos on correct form and essential strokes
  • Illustrated guide to river maneuvers plus information on gear, safety, choosing a canoeThis illustrated guide on the essential skills of canoeing should be required reading for anyone getting into the sport. A section on the mechanics of good paddling is followed by a catalog of the most important strokes, each illustrated in sequential photos, with concise text on the key points. Essential river maneuvers–eddy turns, peel-outs, and ferries–are demonstrated by the Olympic paddling team of Wayne Dickert and Horace Holden, Jr.



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  • I bought this book to get ready for some canoe trips in the Spring. It’s a great book for beginner paddlers like myself.
    The book is fully illustrated and covers canoe and paddle anatomy 101, paddling terms, and paddle strokes with large full color step by step illustrations and instructions for each stroke including form and placement, and how to select a paddle based on your height, how to read the water, gradient and flow, and much more. It also covers how and when to apply the paddle strokes you have learned using real scenarios, also with full color step by step illustrations and instructions for solo and tandem paddlers.
    As I mentioned, I am a beginner paddler and wanted to learn and understand proper technique to become more efficient and fluid with my paddle strokes. I am looking to move from flatwater paddling to whitewater starting with Class I-II rivers. This book definitely helped me prepare and understand the BASICS of Canoeing. I am very pleased with this purchase. Also, the book is spiral bound.
  • Great delivery. Great condition! Thanks for following through.
    This book was the perfect refresher for an “old” Boy Scout. Boy!, the memories of Scout Cmp and working on my Canoeng Merit Badge come rushing back!
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    It is important to have a flashlight when you camp, but make sure the batteries are fully charged. One way to be sure the batteries don’t accidentally drain on the journey is to put them into the flashlight backwards. That way if the switch is accidentally engaged, they stay charged. Plus, you know where the batteries are.

    Camping is a special time for anyone, regardless of how many times they have done it. You can really do some soul-searching and reflection at the same time you are having fun! So make sure you use the tips laid out here to give yourself a special experience and a pleasant time.

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