Instructions and Tips
How to Canoe and Kayak
Select a topic below to view a short video. Experts provide detailed instruction on each technique. Beginners will learn easy skills and more advanced paddlers can brush up their strokes.
Canoeing and Kayaking Safety Tips
Before you go boating this season, there are some important things you should know to keep yourself safe. Canoeing and kayaking is a lot of fun, but if you don’t know the dangers, you could get into trouble on the water. Here are some tips for keeping dry and steering clear of problems:
Entering a Canoe:
- Place the canoe partially in the water.
- Have someone hold the canoe steady.
- Enter the canoe and crouch low with your knees bent, grabbing the sides for balance.
- Walk along the center-line of the canoe to front seat.
- The second person pushes off the shoreline and then slides into rear seat.
Entering a Kayak:
- Place kayak partially in the water.
- Grab the sides and step in to the cockpit.
- Sit down in the seat and adjust the foot braces, then place your feet on them.
- Push off the shoreline with your paddle.
Using a Canoe or Kayak:
- Always wear your life vest or personal flotation device.
- Avoid sudden and jerky movements.
- Steer clear of other boaters.
- Be aware of the water current and depth.
- Stay away from low hanging branches along the shoreline.
- Do Not Litter. Keep trash inside your canoe or kayak. Our staff will collect it upon your return.
If Your Canoe or Kayak Tips Over:
- Don't Panic.
- Stay with your canoe or kayak.
- Try to secure the paddle safely .
- Paddle or push your vessel to the shoreline.
- Empty the water by turning the canoe on it's side.
- Empty the kayak by tipping it upright so water drains through the hole at the end.
Be Sure to Bring the Proper Equipment:
- Sun Protection: hats, sunscreen and sunglasses.
- Insect Repellent.
- Food and Drinks in a water-proof container.
- Bring a change of clothes and leave them in your car for the ride home. Changing Rooms and a Shower are available.
- Beach sandals or an old pair of sneakers.
- Straps for eyeglasses or sunglasses.
- Bring a friend for safety reasons.
- Cell phone placed in a resealable plastic bag and keep it securely on you.
Please Do Not Bring on the Rivers:
- Car keys and house keys.
- Wallets or purses.
- Jewelry and watches.
Bad Weather Tips with Lightning
- Find a safe area to rest at. Do not crowd together.
- Unsafe places include underneath canopies and trees. Avoid open spaces and the high ground.
- Stay clear of aluminum canoes and the water.