“A canoe trip is funny …”
On the boat all around the world. Silent river valleys, with water birds, animals and plants, which would otherwise remain hidden. Wild routes demand the muscles and skill. Or the open sea with waves, wind and sea spray. Sporty, sociable or quiet – hand at canoeing, everyone can find a suitable tour. However, they should be tailored to their own abilities. Basic are a life jacket and packed waterproof equipment. To protect the environment and for your own safety important rules must be observed.
Canoeing, kayaking and Canadians
When keyword canoeing, most immediately think of the classical Indian boats. But Kanu is actually an umbrella term for all boats that are paddled facing forward. The boat of the Indians is named after its place of origin Canadians. In this open boat everyone is working with a single paddle. The kayak comes from the Eskimos. A flat closed boat, which is moved with a double paddle.
Family fun on the water
Canoeing can actually everyone. In this respect, paddling is a nice pastime with friends or family. However, participants should be able to swim. From about eight years сhildren can learn to paddle alone. Canoe clubs offer courses which provide paddling techniques and how to handle the boat from the bottom up. Ultimately, practice makes perfect.
Training for arms, shoulders, abdominal muscles of the back
Canoeing requires skill, technique and fitness. When the pulling muscles around the shoulder blade and arms are particularly stressed. At the same time support the abdominal muscles movement. They help to stabilize. However, the legs do not remain inactive. They form the counter lever to move the upper body and ensure a stable seat in the boat. To avoid sore muscles, all muscles should be stretched sufficiently for the tour.
Canoe tours from easy to challenging
Numerous lakes, rivers and the sea invite you to canoeing. For beginners there are smaller lakes and rivers, low-flow without obstacles or rapids. Practiced crossings can be made of something bigger, faster and more restless waters. Demanding white water tours and rides on large busy rivers or at sea remain experienced canoeists reserved. For your own safety of their skills should be realistic and choose tours with the appropriate level of difficulty.
The right equipment
The most important piece of equipment is the life jacket. You should always be applied, even with good swimmers. In addition, rain gear is recommended if the weather turns. Spare clothing is required, if you nevertheless times ends up in the water. This has to be just as valuables, cameras and food packed waterproof and floatable. Good sealable plastic barrels in good stead here. To essentials equipment includes a first aid box and a lifeline. Floats stabilize the boat and prevent sinking. Children and whitewater driver should always wear a safety helmet.
Safe driving canoe
Safety starts to climb in the boat. Practice getting on and off, first in shallow water. Start your tour until you safely control this.
Keep throughout the journey to your life jacket. This is often neglected because you can swim so and under the plastic vest sweat before. But even experienced swimmers can become disoriented when capsizing or are aborted.
Do not let the water while paddling out of sight. At every turn, trees or other obstacles can lie that must be circumnavigated. Or a flow requires rapid countersteering. Always drive so that you make sure to dodge or to appeal the “reverse gear”. If your canoe threatens to tilt, support is by no means on the side from which leans into the water. Otherwise you inevitably end up in the cool waters. Sit always to the opposite side in order to stabilize the boat. Beware of weirs and locks. Paddle around in a wide arc and do not take any risk.
Conserve nature and the environment
Canoeing provides a wonderful nature experience. All kayakers should help to preserve nature. For coastal protection need only go to the marked points. Avoid shallow water and reed areas and keep your distance from water birds and plants. Take your garbage back with and dispose of it properly. Avoid when not enough water in your canoe tour. Be considerate to others. Do not make noise. Pay attention to anglers and swimmers. Hide the other boats in the water at a time.
Now a lot of fun in the sea!