Canoeing: What do you need to get started?



What do you need to go canoeing?

The weather is getting nicer by the day, and you know what that means; time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors. And what better way to do that than by getting in the canoe for a day on the water?

While canoeing is a great, easy way to enjoy nature with friends and family, there is some equipment that you will need before you head out on the water. To help with that, here is a guide to canoeing and canoe equipment to help you get the most out of your canoe.

Finding The right canoe boat

Of course, the most important piece of canoe equipment you will need is the canoe itself. There are almost countless brands of canoes out there, so finding the right one can be difficult, depending on your needs.

For more easy-going canoeing, your best bet is the Old Town Saranac 146. Its flat bottom makes it difficult to capsize, and it has a maximum capacity of 750 pounds, more than enough for any extra canoe equipment and passengers.

Wooden canoe
Review of Saranac 146 by Old Town Canoe and Kayak
Wooden canoes
Wooden canoes 

Adventurous canoe

However, there are also canoes for the more adventurous. The Grumman Solo Canoe is perfectly suited for canoeists who are craving a little more speed and agility.

it only seats one, and narrow design makes capsizing a little too easy.

Canoe kayak
Top Solo Canoes Under Review: Grumman 12’ 9” Solo
Different types of kanoe kayak
Different types of kanoe kayak 

Additional equipment: don't forget your paddles...

Once you have your canoe, there are still a few pieces of canoe equipment that you will need. The most important things should pick up are paddles and life preservers.

For paddles, it is important that you get canoe paddles‌ and not kayak paddles. Whereas kayak paddles‌ are long and made to be used with two hands, with paddles on either end, canoe paddles‌ are much smaller, with a paddle to be used with both hands, very much like the ones used as part of white water rafting equipment‌ that are also to be used on one side at a time.

Canoe paddles

Again, there are countless manufactures of canoe paddles, so finding the right one may seem daunting.

Kayak paddles

For beginners, Cabela's Economy wood canoe paddle‌ is probably the best choice. It is durable enough for extended use- and the wear and tear that comes with that use- but also inexpensive enough that if it happens to get lost or damaged, it isn't a great loss.

Get a wooden canoe paddle
Economy Wood Canoe Paddle : Cabela's
Wooden and aluminium canoe paddles
Wooden and aluminium canoe paddles 

… and take your life jacket with you

Life preservers are also a key piece of canoe equipment; in fact, for many parks and public lakes, wearing a rescue vest‌ is a requirement to going out on the water. This isn't something that you should skimp on, but it also isn't something you need to spend extraordinary amounts of money on.

Rescue vest

Bass Pro Shops has a number of options for both adults and children; you can't go wrong with their Adult Universal Life Vest. It is an affordable but still effective starter life vest.

kids life vest
adults life vest
Adults and kids life vests
Adults and kids life vests 

You don't need anything more!

The world of canoe equipment can often be intimidating, especially for newcomers. However, once you sift through the wealth of information and products available to find what works for you, there is no limit to the fun you can have on the water.

However, it could always be a good idea to take with you a dry bag‌ in which you can put your clothes and your documents or mobile phone, that you will either keep on your back or store between your legs in the canoe right under the solid protection.

dry bags
Dry bags for all usages
Dry bags for all usages 
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