Getting in the Canoe





Never allow any one to get into your canoe or to sit on it when it is

out of the water. That is harder on it than many days of actual use.

When you are to get aboard your canoe, bring it up broadside to the

shore and put one foot exactly in the middle, then carefully place the

other beside it and sit down quickly, but with care to keep your

balance. If there is no one to hold the canoe for you, use your paddle

to steady yourself by pushing it down to the bottom on the side away

from shore. This will keep the canoe from slipping away from under you

while you are stepping in. One of the first things to learn in

canoeing is to preserve your balance; even a slight lurch to one side or

the other must be avoided. Make every necessary movement cautiously and

do not look backward unless absolutely necessary. Never attempt to

change places with any one while in the canoe. If the change must be

made, land and change there.





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