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For Future Paddlers: Do I need to take canoeing lessons before I go?

Sunday, February 15th, 2009
submitted by: Bob Evans

No.  Though it may make you more confident to do so, and certainly the more experience you have the better, outfitters will train you before you go out on the trail.  When you first talk with your outfitter, let them know about your experience or lack of experience.  Outfitters generally will plan into your time ahead of the trip enough for some training and practice. 

Not only will they teach you the paddling skills but also canoe safety.  They will teach you how to carry your canoe over the portages from lake to lake and let you practice while they supervise.  Many outfitters are close to water and have places for you to “put in” and practice.  Others will gladly take you to a close body of water to practice. 

What is most important is that you ask for a route to be planned appropriate to your skill level.  Outfitters will be glad to help you here, and if you discuss this with them when you first make contact, they will be able to help with a permit that has appropriate trips.

Outfitters depend on your business to stay in business.  They are eager to train you well and plan a great trip for you so that you will become a repeat client, and will tell others what a good job they did.

Communication is the key!

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