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Help !!
posted by: EastIndian   email this member
Posted Wednesday, Jul 15 at 1:50 PM
Wed, Jul 15 at 01:50 PM
Regarding trail Indian Arm near Vancouver, BC

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Hi

I am a 34 years old man from New West, BC. I dont know how to swim or canoe. Should I learn how to swim first before I take the 14 hours paddling trip that starts from Deep Cove ? As far as Canoeing is concerned I have watched many videos on YT and I guess I will be able to do it. Do you think I should get practical lessons on Canoeing before I get into the waters ?


Thanks in advance !!



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alexk ( Alexandre )  email this member
Posted Wednesday, Jul 15 at 2:55 PM
Wed, Jul 15 at 02:55 PM
Regarding trail Indian Arm near Vancouver, BC

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H i,
I would say it's a good idea to be able to swim. You are ok with PFD close to shore in a monitored area for short time.
For a long journey, don't go by yourself, and discuss your abilities with your group.
The risk is that if you capsize in remote place, especially if you are by yourself, youu have to be able to make it to shore.
Even if you wear PFD, making it back from the middle of the lake is a challenge, especially in the cold water.


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trailpeak  email this member
Posted Wednesday, Jul 15 at 6:53 PM
Wed, Jul 15 at 06:53 PM
Regarding trail Indian Arm near Vancouver, BC

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A nyone taking on a water adventure of any kind should first know how to swim. This is a basic essential for a) getting back in the boat b) swimming to shore c) helping others if required. Beyond basic swimming skills, there are also basic canoe skills, such as the paddling strokes for turning the boat, and, of course, re-entry. Indian arm is suitable for sea kayaks, and could be very tough in a canoe when the winds pick up. Sea kayak lessons are plentiful in BC, and, in particular, in Deep Cove, you can both rent kayaks with all the safety gear, and, take lessons.


trails page for EastIndianRe: Help !!
EastIndian  email this member
Posted Wednesday, Jul 15 at 11:13 PM
Wed, Jul 15 at 11:13 PM
Regarding trail Indian Arm near Vancouver, BC

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T HANKS to both you. It helps a lot !



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