PE 1508 Flatwater Canoeing
Instructor: Tom Beery
Fall 2003, 1 credit
MW: 12-1:50 pm, Sept 3- October 22
Office hours: By app=t
?The movement of a canoe is like a reed in the wind. Silence is part of it, and the sounds of lapping water, bird songs, and wind in the trees. It is part of the medium through which it floats, the sky, the water, the shores.@ (Sig Olson, (1956)., The Singing Wilderness. p 77)
The goal of this course is to teach you the basics of flatwater canoeing skills. This includes an effort to impress upon you the pleasures of paddling a boat under your own power and direction.
One of the best texts is Bill Mason=s book listed below. However, this text is no longer in print. In lieu of purchasing the Bill Mason text, the text is located in the reserve reading section of the Library. The bookstore provides the Slim Ray text; you are required to read the assigned sections out of these texts. Other readings will be made available on the course website.
Mason, Bill (1984). The path of the paddle 2nd edition. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold.
Ray, Slim (1992). The canoe handbook, Harrisburg, PA: Stackpole Books.
Note: Do your readings prior to and in correspondence with the weekly class subjects.
Sept. 3: Introduction; Hypothermia; Clothing; Canoe types
Readings Website: Canoe charts, Princeton Outdoor Action Hypothermia Guide, Bill Mason canoe guide, All About Canoes—canoe types
Sept 8: MEET AT POOL - ready to swim at 12pm
Canoe terminology & design; Safety—swim test; Canoe stability; Canoe rescues—self rescue
Readings Ray: Chapters 2 & 9
Website: Canoe charts, canoe rescue diagrams
Sept 10: MEET AT POOL - ready to swim at 12pm
Safety—Canoe T rescue; Strokes—braces
Sept 15: MEET AT THE HARBOR AQUATIC CENTER—READY TO GO AT 12pm
Lifts (1 & 2 person); Canoe teamwork; Strokes—forward, draw, sweep
Readings Website: Flatwater (The Complete Wilderness Paddler)
Sept. 17: Strokes—pry, J, reverse stokes (back and sweep)
Readings Ray: Chap. 3 & 4
Sept. 22: Strokes—C, duffek, cross strokes (cross draw & cross duffek), sculling draw
Sept. 24: Practice strokes on the harbor
Sept 29: Hearding Island Expedition!
Oct. 1: Solo paddling workshop; Loading a canoe for wilderness travel
Oct. 6: Moving water—How to read moving water, rapid classification, river fundamentals, Bill Mason Film
Readings Ray: Chap. 5
Website: Canoe navigation
Oct. 8: Skills review
October 13: Skills review
October 15: Practical Exam
October 20: Review
October 22: Final Written Exam
Practical progress = 70 points A = 92%
Practical exam = 100 points B = 82%
Written exam = 50 points C = 72%
Attendance is mandatory. Because this course is condensed, missing even one class is equivalent to missing an entire week of material.
PREPARATION FOR CLASS
It is essential for your learning and enjoyment of this course that you come to class prepared for the weather. We will be going outside regardless of the conditions. Therefore, you must be properly dressed. Also, please be ready to go at the class site at 12 pm so that we can move right into our lesson for the day. Please anticipate traffic (both automobile and boat) in getting to the Aquatic Center. It is imperative that you are timely in being ready to begin class at 12pm!
A man is part of his canoe and therefore part of all it knows. The instant he dips a paddle, he flows as it flows, the canoe yielding to his slightest touch, responsive to his every whim and thought. The paddle is an extension of his arm, as his arm is part of his body. ...there, too, is a sense of harmony and oneness with the earth. But to the canoeman there is nothing that compares with the joy he knows when a paddle is in his hand. (Sig Olson, (1956)., The Singing Wilderness. pp. 77-78)