#AskPaulKirtley Episode 29 – Ray Goodwin Answers Your Canoeing Questions

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Paul Kirtley and Ray Goodwin

In this episode of #AskPaulKirtley canoe maestro Ray Goodwin joins me to answer questions on inflatable canoes and kayaks, sleeping in a canoe, avoiding wrist pain when paddling, the merits of back-paddling vs aggressive forward paddling, advice for a first-time multi-day canoe tripper, thoughts on canoe saddles, which bug suits to get and when to use them, what skills are needed for a river Spey trip, advice on storing and transporting canoes in the UK and what experience is needed to move to larger rivers with rapids and stronger currents?

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Links For This Episode of #AskPaulKirtley

PK Podcast 013: Ray Goodwin On Continually Evolving Adventures By Canoe
PK Podcast 009: Leon McCarron & Tom Allen On Making Meaningful Journeys, Off The Beaten Track
The Open Canoe Association
This Is Canoeing (DVD)
How To Care For Your Axe: 3 Easy Steps
The Original Bug Shirt Company

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Canoe Courses And Trips With Ray Goodwin

Below are links to the courses and trips that Ray and I deliver together:

Expedition Canoeing Skills Course

River Spey Canoe Expedition

The French River Canoe Expediton

The Bloodvein River Canoe Expedition

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Rather than send an answer to just that one person, I’d like others to benefit from the answers too. So, just in the same way I’d previously write an email answer, here I’m going to speak the answer (which is much quicker than me typing out an answer, so I’ll get more questions answered as well as benefiting more people).

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Related Material On Paul Kirtley’s Blog:

PK Podcast 002: Ray Goodwin On Wilderness Canoeing

Canoe Master: An Interview with Ray Goodwin

White Water Safety & Rescue Training Provides Useful Survival Skills

Wash Day On The River Spey

Waiting For Gooders: A Minor Inconvenience In The Wilderness

Six Men, Three Boats and The Bloodvein: Canoeing A Wilderness River


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Paul Kirtley is an award-winning professional bushcraft instructor. He is passionate about nature and wilderness travel. In addition to writing this blog Paul owns and runs Frontier Bushcraft, a wilderness bushcraft school, offering bushcraft courses and wilderness expeditions.


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Joe Garnett

Thank you to both Paul and Ray for making this video, it was very informative! Having recently got my own canoe, this really makes me look forward to when I can take it on the water.



Hi Paul
I am utterly concentrated on your present subject! Ray is great and everything the man says I totally
agree with, and all sides of wilderness education remain important, both land and marine. Briefly, I have
a year and half sea experience in SE Alaska. The big thing is never turn your back on any waters. Tide
rips and sudden hard wind will change the situation dangerously. Keep your eyes open constantly. I lost
a good friend at sea because being young and experienced we made a fundamental mistake. The periodic
maximum high/low tide change is extremely dangerous. My longest solo experience was 120 miles in
a six man inflatable raft on Lake Ross Reservoir, North Cascade Wilderness complex. The raft became
seaworthy by putting a plank across of area where I manned oars-even against wind.
Kind Regards, Jim-Pacific NW


Kev Knights

Hi Paul and Ray, thanks for another great episode. I can confirm to everyone that the Frontier Spey Trip is excellent and really worthwhile – a great paddle and fantastic camping. The instruction isn’t bad either 😉



I used the phrase, ‘you don’t know what you don’t know’ with the lads at work today. The resulting discussion lasted the whole one hour journey back from the river. We use challenging outdoor activities, including canoeing to help them get to grips with positive decision making… transferring the learning from the hill or river back to the classroom or life in general. Hearing Ray talk massively highlighted the power and potential of the outdoors. After 30 years of paddling it never stops amazing and intriguing me 🙂 Thank you guys!


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