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To quickly and easily master getting into and out of a canoe without getting wet, remember the following important points:
Keep your center of gravity low, and move slowly and deliberately.
Transfer your weight slowly from shore to the bottom center of the canoe.
Board your canoe directly into your paddling position whenever possible.
For maximum control and stability, kneel in canoes, even if they have seats.
To get out of a canoe, reverse these steps.
If you should capsize the canoe, relax and make contact with the canoe with your hands. Stay upside-down while you extract feet and legs from the canoe, then surface maintaining contact with the canoe. Keep your eyes open.
This is an excerpt from the Washington State Boating Safety Officers Association website.







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