Adaptive Canoeing : Canoeing for the Disabled: 3 Points of Contact


I’m Susie, with Splore. One thing that I want
to talk about now is how to get into a canoe the correct way. Most accidents with canoeing
actually happen on shore, when trying to get in and out of can a canoe. So what you want
to do is usually we’ll have the front half of the canoe resting and floating on top of
the water, and to help stabilize the canoe from flipping, I’m going to sit on the back
here, and this back end is usually still up on my end and I can use my feet to help counter-correct
the canoe to keep it as stable as possible. And the way Paul wants to get into the canoe
is you want to keep your center of gravity low, and always man maintain three points
of contact, so Paul’s going to demonstrate that now. I’m going to hold onto the canoe
here in the back and help stabilize it. And as he walks towards the front, his hands always
remain on the gunnels, so he’s holding onto the sides. And the third point of contact
is as he’s moves his feet. This is the easiest and safest way to get into a canoe, and like
I said before, prac, you know, you might want to practice this a few times, because most
accidents with canoeing actually happen on the shore, just trying to get in and out of
a canoe. So, always try to keep your center of gravity low, and use three points of contact.

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