Canoeing Techniques

Canoeing encompasses a wide range of activities when it comes to narrowing down specific techniques. While often many commonly mistake canoeing with kayaking, there are some differences between the two. Canoes are considered "opened" watercrafts as the canoeist and contents of the boat are exposed to the open air. Canoeists position themselves in the canoe by sitting on a seat much like a bench with their legs bent underneath them, while others kneel down in the canoe while paddling with only a single blade. Although techniques and positioning vary greatly upon canoeists and intended purpose for canoeing, however, the basics for canoeing are consistent for both sporting and recreational purposes.

When discussing canoeing for sporting purposes, the International Canoe Federation is the governing body responsible for setting standards and procedures for competition techniques. Such categories of canoeing sorting techniques include: Sprint ("Flatwater Racing), Slalom (descending down through gates of a whitewater rapids course), Marathon (long flatwater courses), Canoe polo (goal-scoring fast-action ball game compromised of two teams of 5 players), Whitewater rafting (wild water racing suspended down a whitewater river), and Canoe sailing (canoes racing powered by wind sails). Canoeing is also a popular sport of the Summer Olympic Games since 1936.

There are also unclassified styles of canoeing which includes: Dragon boat, Playboating, Extreme racing, Surf skiing and Outrigger canoeing. Recreational categories of canoeing include small craft sailing, whitewater, canoe camping, wave skiing, surf ski, and inflatable rafting. Depending on your individual interests and budget, there's a wide range of canoeing adventures waiting to be explored.




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