How to Get Into and Out of a Canoe Smoothly and Safely

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Learn more at American canoe dot-org Canoes are surprisingly stable once
you’re settled into them but getting in and out is a different story, because
your center of gravity is much higher. And so in this video, we’re gonna look at
the best ways to get into and out of your canoe to avoid capsizing. Whether
you’re paddling alone or with someone, there are two basic methods to entering
a canoe—which one you choose will depend on if you’re entering from a shallow
shoreline or a deep shoreline. First of all, if you’re launching from a beach or
other shallow shoreline, you’ll want to position your canoe perpendicular to the
shore. The person who will be sitting in the near position will now stabilize the
canoe while the other person steps in and walks the length of the canoe to
their position. When doing this, stay low and slide your hands along the gunnels
for support as you move one step at a time with your feet placed over the
centerline of the canoe. When the first person is settled into their position
and ready, the other can then step into the canoe while staying as low as
possible. To get out of a canoe on a similar shoreline, you’ll approach the
shore straight on and follow these same steps in reverse, with the bow paddler
stepping out of the canoe first to stabilize the boat as the stern paddler
keeps her weight low and walks down the length of the canoe to get out. The
second technique for getting into and out of a canoe is used from a dock, or a
deep shoreline. In this case, you’ll position the canoe parallel to the dock
or shore. As before, one person stabilizes the canoe, while the other person gets in
first. The trick when getting in from the side is keeping low and reaching across
the canoe so that you have a hand on either gunnel as you step into the
center of the canoe, one foot at a time. If the dock is particularly high off the
water, you might need to start from a
sitting position on the dock. To get out, you’ll do the exact same thing in reverse. The last thing worth mentioning is both these techniques will be more difficult if you have wind and waves to contend
with—it may be worthwhile to travel a little farther to find a more sheltered
location. Well, I hope you found this video helpful and if you enjoyed it,
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