Spring 2022 Let a New Season of Paddling Begin!

Although the website has been rather quiet, we haven’t been. Many things have been going on in the background.

First, Covid caused us to be more careful and because we wanted to ensure our safety and that of others, we decided not to instruct. In fact, we kept the paddling only when we could self-shuttle.

That being said, we still are very involved in the paddling world.

Andrew has been busy with Paddle Canada Canoe Program Development Committee and the updated Moving Water Tandem Canoe Instructor Manual will be released very soon. He says it’s imminent!

We’ve also been involved with the bid process for the North American Canoe Slalom Championships. This year they will be in Buena Vista, Colorado July 8-10!

Our schedule of adventures has started to grow and will be entered into the calendar page shortly.

Speaking of adventures and travelling, we decided we needed a tent upgrade. Something bigger, yet slip streamed when travelling, light, and fitting into the garage. This year we were to build our own camper trailer after not being able to find anything that suited the criteria. It’s been 3 years of searching, planning and talking to manufacturers for parts, when all of a sudden Andrew finds this: www.camp365.com  We drove to Alberta to get the new digs! A portable cabin!!

Many of you may know of Misty, our Yellow Lab. She will be joining us for most of the fun this summer. She’s fully grown (already!) and such a joy.

We hope to see you on the rivers this season and catch up on the past two years!

Let the season begin!!

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New technique article – Hold on!

Happy 2021! And with the new year approaching, we’re thinking paddling. 

Look on our Current Ideas section to read on how to keep better control of your canoe.

Keep safe and hope to see you on the rivers!

Carole, Andrew and Misty-dog

Welcome to Westwood Outdoors’ Current Ideas!

Welcome to Westwood Outdoors’ Current Ideas!

With the change of seasons comes a time to collect out thoughts, reminisce about the past year’s adventures and all the people that we’ve met. Although we’re gearing up for the XC ski season, we’re still thinking about paddling. Well, who ever really stops thinking of paddling?

We often get questions about our technique videos asking to explain something in greater detail.

So, voila!

We will begin posting short notes pertaining to paddling techniques that you can further link to our videos, or get more clarity about why certain techniques work the way they do.

We’ll also add tips that you may not have thought of!

Who said physics class was useless? Now cuddle up in a warm blanket, favourite beverage in hand and let’s visualize together! The first issue will be out this Friday. Stay tuned!

Video on rolling a Solo Canoe

This video describes the solo open canoe roll. It details the steps to the onside roll, modifications needed for the offside roll, plus, it provides some common trouble shooting tips. This version of the canoe roll introduces the concept of “Step and Flipper” as modification to the traditional low brace roll which paddlers have found gets them over the hump of developing a reliable solo canoe roll.
Happy Summer!

New Updated Website!!

Well, it took awhile but we finally have arrived to this decade so to speak. True. We’re ludites by nature, but we can’t stick to that behaviour if we want to share information with you. So voila! Welcome to our revamped webpage which, thank goodness, looks much better and can be viewed on a phone as well.

We’ll be going through it in the next weeks to clean up some areas and post new items. As you look through the pages, let us know what you think! At the moment, some areas repeat themselves, but all will be organized shortly.

Thanks for your patience, and hope the information gleaned helps with your paddling where ever you are!

New Video! Eddy Turns Using Arcs

We’ve been asked quite often why it looks so easy when we paddle. Andrew’s passion is looking at how experts paddle and translate that into teaching progressions to show others how to paddle the same way – or at least explain what’s happening at that time. Our latest video looks at how you exit and enter eddies based on your planned arc trajectory and the force you need to launch yourself into current to achieve the arcing path. Carving arc shaped paths is the most effective strategy for moving into and out of eddies in a canoe. “Eddy Turns Using Arcs” is the first in a 3 part Eddy Turn series of videos showing the progression of Novice, Intermediate and Advanced eddy turn maneuvers. Stay tuned for the Intermediate level “Eddy Turns Using Wave Troughs” and then Advanced level “Eddy Turns Using SHArc” both coming this winter. Look on the website for additional video resources including “Carving Tandem Eddy Turns Using MITH and for solo canoes “Carving Using 2X4”.

Video: Solo Canoeing – Carving using 2X4

This video is a must for solo open boat control!

This describes a modern approach to solo canoe carving turns used in catching eddies and front ferries. Learn how to carve arcs using 2X4 and acronym C.A.P.T. into and out of eddy pools, maintain momentum, and use bow waves to control your solo canoe.


Video: Tandem Canoe Eddy Turns – Carving Using MITH

This video is a modern approach to tandem canoe eddy turns. Learn how to carve arcs using MITH into and out of eddy pools, maintain stability, momentum, and the individual roles of bow and stern paddlers.