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There are times when a textbook paddling style doesn’t always seem to work. The rhythmic side-to-side…

Often the river currents will push your canoe towards obstacles such as strainers, undercut walls,…

Few moments in canoeing are more blessed than when, after a long and wearing day, the wind suddenly…

To become a fine canoeist in moving water, you must first learn how to use the river's energy to help…

If you caught the Olympic coverage of flatwater canoe racing last fall you saw the mechanics of well…

One of the negative aspects of canoe tripping is that you're forced to spend time in cramped quarters…

Hundreds of paddlers of all ages attend our canoe school annually. Day after day, we detect and correct…

You are planning to canoe a Canadian river that has many challenging rapids. Weeks before the wheels…

Notice how nearly every new non-motorized boat introduced into the recreational paddling market is…

You are canoeing a rapid in a loaded, open canoe. At the end of the run, you pause to bail; your friends…

I love that there's various canoe cultures. If you paddle places like Quetico or the Boundary Waters…

To paddle a canoe in a straight line there are a number of innovations. You can power forward and then…

One of the greatest things about kayaking is that pretty much anybody can hop in and do it. But you need…

The upright position boat edged, all my weight is in my right hip. My left knee is up, and that's giving…

Kayak outfitting has become more and more comfortable. So comfortable in fact, that it often promotes…

This video demonstrates the Greenland Side Sculling maneuver and breaks it down into a few useful steps.…

What makes kayaking so accessible to women is that it's really about finesse and not so much about…

Becky Mason demonstrates the useful Canoe Sculling Draw stroke in this short video. The Sculling Draw…

This video demonstrates the forward sweep and the reverse sweep, emphasizing that the power for these…

The J-Stroke is a version of the Forward Stroke that gets used by both solo and tandem stern paddlers…

Side slips move your canoe laterally like when you need to pull away from a dock or the…

The Stationary Bow Draw is a stroke that only works when you have forward momentum. It's used by the…

Another beautiful day here on the Kesagami. This would be day three, if you count the day I got dropped…

One of the greatest challenges for the solo paddler is paddling in a straight line. And, of course,…