Introduction to Canoeing
Canoeing is an outdoor watersport that uses a canoe and involves propelling it with a paddle. It was used for transportation purposes earlier and is still used in some places like Venice. Nowadays, canoeing is a popular sport and recreational activity, as it provides one an excellent opportunity to experience the beauty of nature. Some of the various types of canoes available are dugout canoes, whitewater canoes, outrigger canoes. Over the world, canoes and kayaks are still considered to be the same. Canoeing is also a part of the Olympics. continued below ...
Broken Group Islands, Vancouver, (British Columbia) offer plenty of wildlife, peaceful islands and beaches. They are highly favorable for canoeing as they are free from the elements of the ocean. Another great place for having a wild and exciting experience is the Lower Zambezi River in Zimbabwe. Lake Baikal in Russia is the world's deepest lake and offers endless canoeing opportunities. The abundant wildlife and numerous streams provide one with a magical experience. Dordogne River in France offers a more peaceful experience, as the river is wide and slow. It is a perfect place to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the countryside and many picturesque views of historical buildings.
Safety is of paramount importance during canoeing and proper measures should be taken to ensure a safe trip.
• The most important equipment for any canoeing trip is the life jacket or personal floatation device (PFD). Whenever on water, the life jacket should be worn at all times.
• Knowing how to swim is very important.
• One should prepare a plan for the trip beforehand. It is a good thing to have a river map and knowing the emergency routes will help in case of an accident. Hazardous areas should be marked on the river map and avoided.
• During heavy rains, the river levels can increase rapidly. In such flood situation, proper care should be taken to quickly reach the shore or bank, and not paddle further.
• The basic equipment for canoeing should be in well-maintained condition and repairs should be done if necessary.
• Additional dry clothes and food items should be kept in a water proof container.
• Apparel should be chosen carefully according to weather conditions. In cold weather, one should wear a synthetic wetsuit over clothes as it helps you remain dry and prevents hypothermia.
• Other essential equipment that should be procured includes flares and a Swiss army knife among others. Flares are important to signal others in case of rescue operations.