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Physics in Paddling


Adam

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Say you are paddling a canoe or kayak or something through the water. Chances are you noticed that is is significantly easier when you are paddling with the current. On the contrary, when you are paddling against the current, it feels a whole lot harder. When paddling or rowing against the current, there is more resistance. This requires more energy on your part and is more work overall to keep the canoe or kayak going in the direction you want it to. Also, it requires a greater force on the paddle or oar to glide you through the water. In addition, when you are paddling or rowing, as opposed to short and choppy strokes which will do nothing but waste your energy, you should paddle with a strong and steady force. This will make it easier for you to paddle through rough waters and it won't wear you out as quickly.

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