Paddling Stage 1

Paddling Stage 1

Personal Floatation Device (PFD)

A PFD (Personal Flotation Device) or Lifejacket is a vital piece of safety equipment when paddling. It is important that everyone has an approved lifejacket suitable for the activity, water type and conditions for where you will be boating.

https://www.transport.wa.gov.au/imarine/life-jackets.asp

Choose a lifejacket for your weight range and make sure the size/cut of the lifejacket is suitable. It should fit snugly without being confining or riding up on your body. Make sure the neck section or collar does not sit up around your head. A crotch strap will prevent the lifejacket from bunching up around a small child’s neck and prevent them from falling out of the bottom of the lifejacket.

Ideally the PFD will have a whistle attached to attract attention, if there is an emergency, or if lost. It is NOT to be blown at any time.

Parts of a Canoe

 

Term Definitions:

Canoe/Kayak:

Deck – the top part of the kayak/canoe (may be the little flat bit at the front and back of a canoe).

Hull – the bottom of the kayak/canoe.

Bow – the front of the boat.

Stern– the back of the boat.

Port – the left side of the boat when facing forward.

Starboard – the right side of the boat when facing forward. 5

Canoe:

Gunwale – Upper edge of the canoes side.

Thwart – Cross piece that braces and strengthens the sides of the canoe. Also often used as a hand hold when carrying the canoe.

Kayak:

Carry Toggle or Handle – some kayaks have handles at the bow and stern for carrying the boat.

Hatch – an opening in the hull that allows access to the bow and stern compartments in a touring kayak. The hatches are covered by a water tight hatch cover – to seal out water and to seal in air for buoyancy.

Cockpit – the open area in the middle of the kayak where you sit.

Deck Rigging – the stretchy and non-stretchy lines on the deck of a kayak.

Paddle:

Blade – the part of the paddle that goes into the water. When holding the paddle, the part of the blade facing backwards is the power face. For kayak paddles, the top of the blade is commonly longer than the bottom of the blade (make sure you a not holding your paddle upside down).

Shaft – the long, narrow portion of the paddle connecting the blades.

Throat – where the shaft joins the blade.

Drip Ring – for kayak paddles, a plastic collar on the shaft near the blades than helps prevent water from dripping from the blade down the shaft.

Ferrule – the connector that joins the separate pieces of the shaft on a two piece kayak paddle.

 

 

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A Pirate Adventure – An Interactive Yarn to revise Parts of a Canoe/Paddle

The crew of the Flying Dragon pirate ship were preparing to launch on a new raiding adventure. Under the cover of darkness they were moving rations and supplies from their secret hideaway up the creek to the launch point for the Flying Dragon. Most of the crew had already left the hideaway when the Pirate Captain gave Pirate Pat and Pirate Sam the command to launch their canoe.

Pirate Pat and Pirate Sam went to the creek bank, each grabbed a paddle by the SHAFT and placed it in the HULL of the canoe. They each lifted the canoe by a THWART and carried the canoe towards the creek. One walked on the STARBOARD side of the canoe, and one walked on the PORT side of the canoe, with the BOW facing forward. They place the canoe in the water parallel to the creek bank and Pirate Pat held the GUNWALE to steady the canoes as Pirate Sam sat in the BOW SEAT, then Pirate Pat sat in the STERN SEAT.

They set off and had just placed the BLADE of their paddles in the water when from the creek bank they had just left the Pirate Captain yelled ‘Wait!’ You have forgotten something. I remember, it is this sack of spices to make our food bearable.” So Pirate Pat and Pirate Sam paddled the canoe back to the creek bank. Pirate Sam in the STERN SEAT braced the BLADE of his paddle flat on the bank while Pirate Pat held the GUNWALE and got out of the STARBOARD side of the canoe. Pirate Pat collected the sack of spices, tied it to the THWART, then held the GUNWALE as he got back into the BOW SEAT of the canoe. Holding the GRIP, they put the BLADE of their paddles in the water, pointed the BOW of the canoe down the creek and headed out again.

“Wait!”, yelled the Pirate Captain from the creek bank. “You have forgotten something. I remember, it is this small barrel of precious oils which I want to trade.” So Pirate Pat and Pirate Sam paddled the canoe back to the creek bank. Pirate Sam in the STERN SEAT braced the BLADE of his paddle flat on the bank while Pirate Pat held the GUNWALE and got out of the STARBOARD side of the canoe. Pirate Pat collected the barrel of precious oil, put it in the HULL, then held the GUNWALE as he got back into the BOW SEAT of the canoe. Holding the GRIP, they put the BLADE of their paddles in the water, pointed the BOW of the canoe down the creek and headed out again.

“Wait!”, yelled the Pirate Captain. “You have forgotten something. I remember, it is me!” So Pirate Pat and Pirate Sam paddled the canoe back to the creek bank. Pirate Sam in the STERN SEAT braced the BLADE of his paddle flat on the bank while the Pirate Captain braced his hands on the GUNWALE, got into the middle of the canoe and sat awkwardly (but regally) in the HULL. Holding the GRIP, Pirate Sam and Pirate Pat put the BLADE of their paddles in the water, pointed the BOW of the canoe down the creek and headed out again.

The Pirate Captain looked over the STERN of the canoe at the creek bank they had just left. Pirate Pat and Pirate Sam lifted the BLADE of their paddles from the water anticipating another return. But the Pirate Captain said nothing. He turned and faced the BOW of the canoe, and they finally continued down the creek to the launch point for the Flying Dragon.