With a history ranging over a thousand years, Canoes were developed originally by North American Natives and the word Canoe actually comes from the word Kenu and this translates as ?dugout?. There is also a possibility that the word canoe may have been derived from the word canoa which came from the Caribbean. Dugout canoes were essentially large tree trunks that were hollowed and shaped and these then allowed natives to be able to travel easily.
As a hobby of course, canoeing is very exciting and suited to those people who enjoy the thrill and excitement of water sports. Canoeing is often confused with Kayaking although there are differences and the main ones include the seating position within the boat, canoeists tend to kneel on the bottom of the boat or sit on elevated benches, whilst those in kayaks are sat deep within the boat, with legs extended. Canoes also have an open cockpit as opposed to the closed cockpit of the kayaks.
Although canoeing is an exciting sport, it can also be used purely for recreational and relaxation purposes. There is nothing more therapeutic than paddling the canoe slowly through beautiful scenery laden rivers or round beach coves. This simple action can ensure that the canoeist is transported both mentally and physically away from the stresses and strains of their daily lives.
As with all sports and hobbies, it is wise to learn more before investing in any equipment. There is an incredible amount of information available to the interested party on the internet and information specifically aimed at the complete beginner is readily accessible for those who are prepared to search.
There are many different sporting events also available to those interested in pursing canoeing further and these include:
Before purchasing any equipment, try to find a school or qualified instructor who can teach you all of the basics and especially any safety factors before commencing. Canoeing is a fantastic family sport and one that friends also may wish to participate in, so that it can also become a social occurrence in addition to the exciting thrill taking water-sport that it is renowned for.