there are no stupid questions...

only stupid answers or so they tell me… I keep hearing about hit and switch on paddling a canoe. What does this mean. Thanks for a reply

When the bow paddle makes a

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mistake , you whack them with the paddle. At the first opportunity you switch with them so they can hit you. You will either rapidly stop making mistakes or paddle solo.

Real answer follows.

What is really means is that you paddle

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a few strokes on one side then quickly switch and do the same on the other. Most often used in reference to paddling solo with a bent shaft paddle.

sounds like you just gave me another reason to paddle kayaks, rather than canoes, LOL.


It thought it went like this…
There are no stupid questions, just stupid people.


it goes “there are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots”

I thought it had something to do with passing the joint from bow to stern paddler and back.

thanks so much
now I understand …I think? Does this mean to switch sides and hands that you paddle with I have a real difficult time paddling “cross-handed” on the oppisite side that I normally paddle esp. with a bent shaft. Whats wrong with switching hands?

Stupid questions
No, I think he was passed the joint BEFORE he asked the question.

tell me me what the answer is stikboy

There are stupid questions
But it takes a government employee to ask them.

Last December I walked into our office and asked about the sign on the door that said we would be closed on the 25th. “Is it some off the wall holiday like Columbus Day?” I asked.

‘Hit and switch’,

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also called sit and switch
is realizing your (straight) course in a canoe
by changing paddling sides instead of using correction strokes
like the J-stroke or rudder stroke (a.k.a. stern pry, goon stroke?)
Also other maneuvers (going straight is a maneuver too!)
are done as much as possible by changing paddling sides:
e.g. for a turn to the left, the solo/stern paddler paddles
on the right side of the canoe and vice versa.
While seemingly simple to go straight by switching sides
to do it really well, it takes about as much skill as going straight
with correction strokes.
For fast paddling with a stroke rate much above 50 s.p.m.
there is no time for correction strokes anymore,
so to go faster, hit and switch is the most efficient method.
At lower stroke rates,
it is more a matter of choice and convenience.

My stupid question…

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When did someone bastardize the term "Sit and Switch" to "hit and Switch" ??????

It always used to be "Sit and Switch"

Maybe it is time to change it to "Plant, catch and Switch"


If only I knew,
but changing that kind of terms is VERY difficult,

I remember Mike Galt and others trying to change

the name J-stroke into hook stroke.

It didn’t work.

J stroke?
Isn’t a J-stroke the sort of irregular style of paddling one exhibits after being passed the joint?

This is why I paddle my canoe with
a kayak paddle.

Not just solo.
it is the standard method for any tandem canoe racers, and produces speed whether solo or tandem.

As a life long canoe paddler; when my wife and I discovered “sit and switch” after we got into racing we have very seldom gone back to just dipping paddles and me “j” stroking even when we are just nature paddling.

Watch a smooth tandem team doing “sit and switch” and it is like watching a well oiled precision machine doing it’s work!



Rare Bird
The “Sittan’s Switch” is a rare bird most often found in and around quiet Northern backwaters. It can be readily identified by it strange call: A short barking sound that is made once every few seconds. “Hut!.. Hut!.. Hut!..”

There are also more Southern subs species like the Eastern Bald Paddler and Carolina Jackle…

There may not be stupid questions - but there are without a doubt and endless variety of stupid answers!