Canoe Paddle Sizing Guide

How do I choose the right size paddle?

Recreational Canoes

The most accurate method off sizing paddle length removes leg length from the equation.

  1. Sit in a chair and measure the distance from the chair seat to the bridge of your nose or eye level. This is the length of your shaft and grip.
  2. Add the blade length of the paddle model you prefer to obtain overall paddle length.
  3. Overall paddle length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the blade to the top of the grip.

Competition Canoes

Follow the procedure above, except measure the distance from the chair seat to the tip of your nose and add blade length.

Add 1.5 inches to overall length for C-1 paddles.

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