Roles of Paddlers in the Canoe

Seat #1Stroker (Mua) who sets the pace for the rest of the paddlers
Seat #2Second Stroker who follows the pace set by Seat #1 and is followed by Seat #4
Seat #3Part of the Engine Room and is usually also the Caller who does the kāhea (i.e. calls the changes)
Seat #4Part of the Engine Room who helps to move the canoe
Seat #5Part of the Engine Room and backup Steersperson
Seat #6Steersperson (Ho’okele)

Huli Recovery Overview

  1. Hold on to the canoe
  2. Steersman calls for everyone to count off (say your seat number beginning with #1)
  3. Check your partner, relax & breathe
  4. Tuck your paddle up under the seats
  5. Seats #1 & #6 position the bow and stern to control canoe (usually towards the wind or waves)
  6. Seats #2 & #5 climb on the hull
  7. Seats #3 & #4 hold onto the ama
  8. On the Steersperson’s count, flip canoe over
  9. Brake ama from hitting the water hard, if possible
  10. Seats #3 & #4 swim to the canoe, get in and start bailing
  11. Seats #2 & #5 hang on iakos
  12. Seat #6 gets in to direct when others should get in
  13. Paddle off into the sunset

If you huli with spray skirts on the canoe (e.g. during a race):

  • Once flipped it is possible you may still be in the canoe.
  • If this happens, pull down on zipper (We have attached plastic balls on the end of the zipper to pull with so you can find zipper fast.)
  • Use your feet to push off from the bottom

Various Methods to Get Into the Canoe from the Water

  1. Forward pull up
  2. Leg under seat for leverage
  3. Push inside hull of canoe at bow or stern with both legs
  4. Use of Huli strap
  5. Crewmate’s shoulder as a step
  6. If person is injured, you can pull him or her on board by using the huli rope under the arms of the injured person whose back is against the canoe

Method #1 and #2 could be used to enter the canoe when doing a water change.