If you want your child to love canoeing as much as you do, then get them a paddle that they can actually hold and paddle properly with or they will lose interest very quickly. Have you tried paddling with a giants paddle Its hard work and makes you want to give up
Grip: 3 ply laminated basswood, pear shape
Shaft: solid bass, oval, 1 1&frasl16&rdquo x 1 1&frasl32&rdquo
Blade: 3 ply, laminated basswood
Blade Cross Section Style: convex
Tip Material & Style: no tip
Finish: high gloss exterior polyurethane with a UV block
These paddles are distinguished by their long slender blades and overall resilience. Originally carved from one piece of wood from a small tree, cedar and basswood were prized because of their light weight while ash, maple and cherry were chosen for strength and durability. Cherry was especially preferred for its resistance to rot and warping along with being relatively light in weight.
Though not the easiest paddles to use in depths below 12&rdquo, one can learn to manage quite well with a &lsquosweep stroke&rsquo. All basic strokes such as the &lsquoJ&rsquo and &lsquoC&rsquo strokes, along with draw, pry and feather strokes evolved from this type of paddle.
No other paddle can give you the enjoyment and feel of cruising like a traditional paddle. The blade width area is more than adequate to maneuver your canoe so pick the model that appeals to your price range, usage and aesthetics.