If you have ever been in an open canoe you know that it is far different than outrigger, SUP, kayak, or surfski. The strokes that we use and the maneuverability of an open canoe make it a different craft than all others. There are three basic strokes that can make your life a lot easier when in an open canoe. Learn these strokes and you will be well on your way to a more enjoyable canoe outing.
3 Awesome Canoe Tripping Strokes
MANEUVERS THAT WILL HELP YOU PADDLE ALL DAY
Paddling a canoe can be cumbersome and wear you out if you aren't using the proper strokes. The video below will show you how to do the basic J-stroke as well as the basic pry and the drawstroke.
The basic drawstroke will let you move the kayak sideways. This helps if you want to move close to or away from another boat. With this stroke, you want to reach out with your stroke and keep your hands stacked. Draw the blade towards the side of the boat, and finish by bringing the paddle cleanly out of the back of the water.
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