Hibiki’s Internship Blog – Day14

Canoe Training Day Two

Hi, my name is Hibiki and I’m doing an internship at Evergreen Outdoor Center in Hakuba.

On June 24th, it was the second day of the canoeing training. In the morning, James taught us advanced paddling skills, and we practiced them. However, it takes time to master these, so we need to practice them again and again.

In the afternoon, we practiced the T-Rescue. T-Rescue is the most common way to rescue a capsized canoe. I explained about this on the previous blog, but I’m going to explain T-Rescue with details and pictures in this time.

1. Position your boat perpendicular to the capsized canoe. Then, grab and lift the end of the capsized canoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Pull the capsized canoe onto and across your gunwale. Drain water from the capsized canoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Flip the empty boat upright.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Slide it back in the water alongside your canoe.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Hold onto the closest gunwale to stabilize it while the paddler climbs back in the boat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We practiced the T-Rescue again and again until we were able to do it smoothly. Although canoes are really stable, canoes get capsized sometimes. We want guests to enjoy the tours safely, so we try hard to improve our guiding skills and rescue skills.

It was a great weather on both canoe training days. We also enjoyed seeing the smooth surface of Lake Aokiko and the beautiful mountains and the sky reflected by the surface of the lake.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evergreen offers canoeing, kayaking, SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard), picnic canoe and evening firefly canoe tours. If you are interested in the tours, please check the link below.

http://www.evergreen-hakuba.com/en/green-season/#

We are waiting for you to come to Evergreen, and I know you will have an amazing time in Hakuba!!
Hibiki