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How to Empty a Swamped Canoe from the Water

This tip shows how to empty a swamped canoe and is an important skill that will become critical in colder water conditions.

This demo from Canoeing TV on how to empty a swamped canoe when it is overturned and you are in the water is a skill you will want to remember.

Capsized your canoe and have two people use this quick tip and you will have no issues. When alone, it may be a little more challenging but you can get it done with the right technique.

While overturning your canoe in warm water may not constitute an emergency it is a whole different ballgame in cold conditions. Minutes count when you go into colder water so being able to rectify a swamped canoe like this is critical for your well-being.

I use a canoe in the fall for duck hunting and getting into more remote deer hunting spots so having these skills can be a life-saver. Don’t forget to always wear a PFD and bring a spare set of clothes in a dry-bag in your hunting or survival pack; you will be glad you did if you take the cold water plunge.

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How to Empty a Swamped Canoe from the Water