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Boarding a canoe from a dock

Place the canoe in the water parallel to the dock.

  • With one paddler:
    • Squat down on the dock beside the boat.
    • Hold onto the gunwale on both sides, and lean out to shift your weight over the boat’s centerline. Be careful not to push the boat away from the dock.
    • Place one foot in the boat on the centerline, and kneel down to keep a low center of gravity.
    • Move the other foot into the boat.
    • Note: For extra stability, place your paddle straight across the gunwales and hold onto the paddle as you board.
  • With two paddlers:
    • The paddlers board the boat one at a time.
    • Each paddler steadies the boat while the other one boards.