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Paddling Basics


Paddle Selection

The right size and type of paddle makes the difference between a comfortable, powerful stroke and a muscle-knotting, inefficient one. Check out our selection guide in the Paddles section in the Gear Guide for the information you need on types of paddles and their uses.



Paddling: Basic Strokes

We’ve all seen it or done it: a canoe weaving down the lake in a zig zag pattern and occasionally, perhaps, completing a circle. Or how about the canoe that gets broadside to the waves on a windy day and can’t get turned around? Learning paddle strokes and techniques will help you go where you want to go in the straightest line and using your energy efficiently. Let’s face it: in paddling, you are the motor. Why not make it a little easier for yourself?

> The Single Blade Power Stroke

> How to Paddle a Canoe / How to Steer

> 5 Essential Canoe Paddle Strokes



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