Moore Canoeing

What to Expect in Class


The Moore Canoeing School caters to students having a wide variety of learning styles and canoeing backgrounds, and we have had many repeat students whose skills become ever more sophisticated, so no two sessions are ever exactly the same. Our ability to address such a diverse audience is a consequence of not only the flexible content of each session but of the way individual students' lesson and practice time is distributed.

Most of our school sessions teach more than one skill level. This multi-level approach creates a very effective learning environment for all participants.  (exceptions coming soon)

For example, in any class meeting of two hours or more, for each hour, each student receives about twenty-five minutes of instruction plus about half an hour of practice time.

At the beginning of a class, students abilities are evaluated and segregated according to the skills that each member most needs to develop to reach his goals. In a session with ten students, for example, there may be three beginning students, four Bronze level students and three Silver level students. In this case the participants are divided into three respective classes.

For the rest of the session, then, each class receives a series of ten to fifteen minute lessons punctuated by opportunities for private practice, rest or observation. Sometime during the middle of each two hour meeting all students congregate for a twenty or thirty minute presentation that is of common interest to all.

On the face of it, that might seem like a small amount of hands-on instruction. The reality, however, is that it is about as much as any student can efficiently manage. The instruction, itself, can be quite intense. After a one-hour private lesson, for example, if a student isn't near mental exhaustion by the end, I haven't done my job as an instructor. The two great advantages of this mixed class format are that you have more on-water time available during class than if the class were only half as long, plus you can instantly graduate to more advanced classes once you achieve the requisite skills or you may enter a class to review skills that may need touching up.

An additional bonus of this system is the potential it creates for shared learning. Advanced students may often help coach beginning students. The extra instruction time is a bonus for the beginners and through the process the more advanced students soon learn what every teacher knows—that a powerful way to gain deeper understanding of a subject is to teach it.


If sport canoeing is new to you, you have probably encountered some terms on this site that are unfamiliar to you. Don't concern yourself with understanding them all at this time; their meanings and applications will be introduced during class as needed. When you review this site after a few lessons the terms will make more sense.

If you are a veteran canoeist, but unfamiliar with sport canoeing, you may notice that our nomenclature differs somewhat from traditional canoeing nomenclature. This is because the full repertoire of sport canoeing techniques and skills is much broader and more complex than that of traditional canoeing—even of all other canoeing disciplines combined. When possible we have clung dearly to traditional terms, but in our effort to define, interrelate and communicate the full range of sport canoeing techniques and skills, traditional terminology simply is not adequate—it often defines fundamental skills in terms of minor ones, is confusing to begin with and offers no place to grow. As an experienced canoeist, attaching new names to a few old skills may feel awkward at first, but as you expand your skills in the context of sport canoeing, the mental clarity that accompanies the new terms and skills will be your reward.

Equipment Policy

Three items of equipment are required to participate in classes: a canoe, a cue/paddle and a life jacket.

It is preferred for you to use your own sport canoe and paddle, equipment that is sized to and familiar to you. If that is not possible, Moore Canoeing does have state-of-the-art sport canoeing equipment that may be available for your use during class and for on-site practice. Advanced planning will be required, however. To qualify whether your own canoe will be suitable, generally, any canoe more than 15' long or more than 30" wide will be too awkward to manage for the kind of canoeing we will do.


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