Paddle As One Until The Shore Is Reached

Appendix 2 - Seats in the Canoe

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Appendix 2 - Seats in the Canoe

Who Does What and Why?

Seat 1


Sets a consistent pace and keeps the strokes long; the rate varies from 60-70 strokes/minute depending on conditions. Has a natural sense of timing and rhythm and is aware of where the boat, the crew, and water are at all times.

Seat 2


Supports seat 1 and keeps the opposite side of boat in sync by mirroring seat 1. Alternate to Seat 3 in calling changes. Watches the ama especially when the canoe is stopped. Like seat 1, has good sense of timing and can mirror the body movements of seat 1. Keeps 1 motivated.



**Not only must the stroke rate set by seat 1 be matched by every paddler in the canoe, but the stroke form needs to be the same throughout the canoe. Entering and exiting the water at the same time ensures that power distribution remains equal and synchronized throughout the canoe.**

Seat 3


Power seat. Calls changes, can alternate with Seat 2 if needed.

Seat 4


Power seat. Watches the 'iako in rough water. Bails the boat when needed ("lowest" point of boat at 4). The heaviest and strongest paddlers keep the canoe stabilized.

Seat 5


Power seat, watches ama; may share bailing duties if needed. May assist in steering in rough conditions. All around paddler who is able to work in concert with steer.

Seat 6


Boat captain when underway. Moves canoe in the desired direction, keeps crew focused and in time. Has excellent water skills and knowledge. Is responsible for overall boat safety.

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