How to Choose the Correct canoe Paddle Length

Because we sit in a canoe,  paddle lengths are generally based off the length of your torso (not your total height). When paddling, the shoulder of the blade (where blade meets shaft) should be at the water's surface, while the top of the grip should be at your shoulder.

We can simulate this by sitting in a chair. So, let's measure your torso, then decide your custom paddle length. 

  1. Sit up straight in a hard level chair. 
  2. Measure the distance from the seat of the chair between your legs, straight up to the tip of your nose- this is your torso AND shaft length.
  3. Next, add 19" (effective blade length) to your torso/shaft length to get the total length of your custom paddle.
  4. Contact us if you have any questions! We love to chat.