INSTRUCTION & TIPS ON CANOE & KAYAKING

Take a look at the videos below to watch as experts provide detailed instruction on each technique. Beginners can learn easy skills and more advanced paddlers can brush up their strokes.

CANOE INSTRUCTIONS

MISSOURI DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION:

Unswamp a Canoe

UNITED STATES CANOE ASSOCIATION:

An Introduction to Quietwater Canoeing

KAYAK INSTRUCTIONS

KAYAKS:

Kayaking for Women - The Essential Skills

HOW TO KAYAK:

How to Get the Most from Your Forward Stroke

HOW TO KAYAK:

Proper Technique for Paddling a Kayak

HOW TO KAYAK:

How to Turn

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 Kayak or Canoe:

  • 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.

SAFETY INFO

NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED

The State of New Jersey Does Not Allow Alcoholic Beverages on the Rivers

  • Life vests are included with rentals and provided to each participant.

  • Everyone is required to wear a life vest when on the water.

  • There is a limit of 3 adults to each canoe or 2 adults and 2 small children to each canoe. Weight limit: 690 pounds.

  • One person per seat in kayaks.

  • We reserve the right to refuse service to anyone who appears to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

  • We cannot provide rental or livery services anytime unsafe conditions exist on the rivers, forests or roads.