A water-based sport which involves paddling with a single-bladed paddle. A canoe bears some resemblance to a kayak, but there are several differences between the two sports, with kayaking involving two blades and a different technique.
Emily Webb Canoeing 4

What is canoeing?

There are many different variations of canoe and kayak racing. The most common of these is the simple spring, in which racers attempt to get from the start line to the finish line in the quickest time possible.

Other variations include the slalom, in which competitors must race downhill between gates in the quickest time possible, with times compared at the end of a run rather than individuals racing side-by-side.

The narrower the boat the faster it travels across the water, making smaller boats much more popular when it comes to racing. Smaller boats also provide more of a challenge to those operating them, with a great sense of balance required.

Equipment needed

  • Cones
  • Bibs
  • Gym mats
  • Athletics batons
  • Benches
  • Canoes
  • Paddles
  • Access to a swimming pool

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