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Basics of Canoeing class

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A friend of mine has been buggin me all winter to do a basic canoeing instruction class. So she finally picked at date. I'll cover basic paddling strokes and boat handling. I will also get into steering. Rescues and swamped canoe situations will also be covered.

My intention with this basic course is to get people the basics to prepare them for canoe tripping. My friend who is insisting on this event wants to head for the Boundary Waters this summer for the first time. My intention is to cover the canoeing basics to prep people for canoe trips such as this.

Date: Saturday May 23rd

Time: 1pm

Location: South Metro Lake to be determined

Please let me know if your interested in attending.

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be sure to cover "parking" especially in moving water. I have gone out with plenty of people to show them the ropes of a trip, and once they get comfortable in the boat things usually go well.

The hardest part for people is to pull the boat up alongside of shore when the water is moving. Usually they paddle right into shore, then the back of the canoe swings out into the current and before you know it they are dumped over.

Also, be sure to teach people the feather their paddles, its a no brainer but a lot of people never get exposure to the idea.

Sounds like a good course, I wish I could give you a hand but we will be out of town that weekend.

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definitely include eddying out, ferrying, etc like Chode2235 said. J-stroke and getting into/out of canoes are important. Hope you have good attendance!

I'd totally attend but I'm going to be moving that weekend.

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Yeah someone picked a weekend and I agreed before I realized it was Memorial Day weekend.

Knowing the person that asked me to do this class, we'll spend a fair amount of time on stabilizing the canoe. She's got a history of rolling canoes.

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