Steering a canoe efficiently can cause quite a bit of frustration for the novice canoeist. The best advice is to do a little as possible and when you do need to correct the course, do it with the least amount of effort. This will ensure you don't get stuck in a cycle of overcorrecting yourself. If the two paddlers are well matched in terms of strength, major adjustments to the course will be unnecessary. When this is not the case, it is best to have the most skilled paddler in the stern seat in order to compensate for the increased steering responsibility.
There are two different schools of thought regarding what side the paddlers should paddle on. Recreational canoeists tend to paddle continuously on one side until they tire and then switch. This is usually done so that most of the paddling is done on the strong side but tends not to work so well when both paddlers are left or right handed.
Competitive canoeists switch every five or ten strokes. This has the advantage of minimising muscle fatigue and ensuring that the paddlers are more evenly matched for longer periods of time.
Balance is the name of the game when canoeing and the more evenly matched in weight and strength the paddlers are, the more efficiently they can use energy and the faster they will go.
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