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Seat 1 – Seat one sets a consistent pace and keeps the stroke length. Stroke rate and length will depend on conditions and direction from the steers person. This seat demands a natural sense of timing and rhythm and is aware of where the boat, the the crew, and water are at all times.
Seat 2 – Seat two supports seat one and keeps the opposite side of the boat in sync by mirroring seat one and helps them stay motivated. This seat also watches the ama especially when the canoe is stopped. This seat also should have a good sense of timing and can reflect the movements of seat one.
Seat 3 – Seat three is one of the power drives to the boat. It is also their responsibility to call the exchanges from side to side. Typically this is done as a 15 hut/hoe, but can change based on the needs of the crew, conditions, and placement to a race turn.
Seat 4 – Seat four is also one of the power drives of the boat. This seat supports seat three by taking over the calling when needed. Additionally they have the added responsibility to watch the iako in rough water, bail the boat when needed since it is the lowest point of the boat. Typically the heaviest and strongest paddlers keep the canoe stabilized.
Seat 5 – Seat five is the last of the power drive sets. They watch the ama, and may share bailing duties if needed. Additionally they may assist in steering in rough conditions. All around paddler who is able to work in concert with steers.
Seat 6 – Seat six, aka Steers, is the boat captain when underway. They are the ones who moves the canoe in the desired direction, keeps the crew focused and in time. They have excellent skills and knowledge in reading the water conditions and currents. Ultimately they are responsible for the overall safety of the boat and crew.