Tag: Education

Planking Shims Field Repair

Contrary to popular belief, canvas covered- canoes are rugged beasts. They are built to be used and, to some extent, abused. They are also designed to be “easily” repaired. One of the most frustrating aspects of repairing wood and canvas canoe is dealing with ill conceived and often poorly thought out field repairs, usually involving…


Straight Paddling

The most essential stroke for the would be stern or solo paddler is the J-Stroke. Perhaps the best way to teach this is sitting on a dock, no one is going anywhere, and there’s no worries about tipping. The canoe instructor is also free observe and move around the students, guiding them as required. To…


Path of the Paddle: Doubles Basic

Doubles Basic, is the first of canoeist, artist, and film maker, Bill Mason’s brilliant, ground breaking, “Path of the Paddle” videos. Be you a novice or expert canoeist, this film is a must see. If you’re wanting to learn how to canoe, this is a great place to start. Bill Mason not only explains the…


Bill Mason, Waterwalker

A great deal has already been written about canoeing legend, Bill Mason. I didn’t, however, feel this blog would be complete without some small tribute to the man who, through his films, taught myself and countless others to canoe. I discovered Bill Mason’s Path of the Paddle films in my early teens and I credit…


Canoeing Canadian Style – Rolf Kraiker

An introductory video that provides insight into some of the basic principles of paddling a canoe in what’s referred to as the traditional “Canadian” style. This video is an overview of three different steering strokes, a breakdown of some elements to improve paddling mechanics and a short demonstration of paddling control exercises. More by Rolf…


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