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Rowing. | via Tumblr on We Heart It. http://weheartit.com/entry/89490497/via/chanabainesWHOA THERE FRIEND. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking “look at all the canoers rowing downriver,” or maybe “what funny paddles they use on them racing rowboats.” Well it turns out thereis a difference between rowing and paddling, and between oars and paddles! OARS are used in ROWING. An oar can be held in one hand (and is known as a scull), two hands (known as a sweep or an oar), or three or more hands depending one the size of the oar/number of hands of the individual. An oar is always attached to the boat itself- imagine a first class lever, and the fulcrum is an oarlock (or tholepin, if you’re a Viking) that it somehow fixed in relation to the boat’s hull and helps to support the oar. When someone is ROWING, they are probably facing the stern of the boat if they’re interested in efficiently moving the boat. A PADDLE is used for PADDLING. A paddle is distinctly different from an oar because it is ALWAYS held with two hands. It is free from the boat- there is no oarlock- and is entirely supported by the paddler’s hands. A paddle is generally shaped differently from an oar, and may have either one (canoe paddle) or two (kayak paddle) blades on it. It is usually much shorter than any type of oar. When someone is PADDLING, they are facing the bow of the boat. Remember this next time you find pictures on Pinterest and add your own captions!