Paddle Sizing

How to Select a Canoe Paddle

Competition Canoes:

In order to buy the correct-sized canoe paddle, one must measure and size it correctly. The most accurate method of 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 in order to obtain the overall paddle length. Overall canoe paddle length is measured in a straight line from the tip of the blade to the top of the grip.

Recreational Canoes:

Follow the procedure above, except measure the distance from the chair seat to eye level and add blade length. Add 1.5 inches to the overall paddle length for C-1 and recreational canoes.

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