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Generally when you wish to slow the boat down while pointed downriver, or when endeavoring to turn the boat, at which point you'd only be back paddling on one side of the boat (and optionally paddling forward on the opposite. For example, back paddling on the right side of the raft will turn the boat to the right. Forward paddling simultaneously on the left side of the boat will increase the turn rate.) This is a highly complex question answered only with actual practice and experimentation on the river. If you're a neophyte asking this question, don't attempt to run a river higher than about Class II without expert instruction. You can get yourself hurt or killed doing so.

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When do you back paddle when you are white water rafting?

The "back paddle" is mainly used in low to medium water levels on tight technical rivers. It is the most powerful paddle stroke in rafting when executed correctly. The idea is to use the angle you are given. In other words, it is more practical and efficient to point your raft at the feature you are trying to avoid with a 45 degree angle and back paddle away from it, as opposed to executing a 90 degree turn and forward paddling. The back paddle is also good when setting up to run a rapid. It can be used to slow things down enough to ensure an accurate entrance into a rapid.

What do polar bears back legs do when they swim?

They paddle in the same way a dog does the doggy paddle in water. Back legs move back and forth while the front paddle away.

How does rafting use science?

Rafting is in essence a good example for the laws of physics. The water moving under and around the raft propel it forward because the water pushing against the raft has more mass then the raft can use to push back against the water. Once moving, it can be difficult to change the direction of the raft, or slow it down, because of inertia. Gravity in itself is the driving force of rafting. water flows downhill because of gravity, so water will push a raft downhill. As such, it takes much greater effort to move upstream then it does to move downstream, and may be impossible to move upstream in some areas (such as white water rafting) due to the extreme amount of pressure pushing the raft downstream.

What are paddle shifters?

Paddle shifters are little paddles found on the back of a steering wheel, so you dont have to reach down for the stick shift.

What does takes a hairbrush to you?

It means to paddle your bottom with the hard back of a hairbrush.

land features for a pungwen?

transforming forelimb to paddle and back to forelimb.

What does taking a hairbrush to you mean?

It means to paddle your bottom with the hard back of a hairbrush.

How do you know what size canoe paddle to get?

Well it depends how tall you are when you put one end of the paddle on the ground measure it against your self and the correct size would be if it reached your neck no higher or it'll be too long and uncontrollable and no shorter or your hand will be dipping in the water and when you raise your arm it will trickle down your back!

How do you float on top of water?

You have to lie on your back and paddle your legs! Take a deep breath to improve buoyancy and hold it, Lie on your back stretch your arms over your head and raise your hands very slightly out of the water to balance your centre of gravity and stay perfectly still, it does work with practice.

How can a car have paddle shifters and a manual transmission?

The Pagani Huayra has paddle shifters mounted behind the wheel but also has a stick shift manual in the standard location for a stick shift. But if you shift with the paddle then want to shift with the manual stick, how does that work? Because you can technically be in second in the stick, then paddle into third, then stick back into third or whatever you want. The gear that you put the paddle into won't correspond to the gear that the stick is in. How does this work?

When the polar bear is swimming what do their back feet do?

They use their partially webbed front feet to paddle, while steering with their back feet.

Why was the steam boat created?

to replace the paddle boat and create a faster boat! that was technology back then!