Monday, February 14, 2011
- An oar is held in an oarlock, which acts as a fulcrum. A paddle is not captive, and can be moved freely.
- One rows with an oar, and paddles with a paddle.
- One faces backward to row, and forward to paddle.
- Oars are longer than paddles.
- Oars can be held with one or two hands. Paddles are held with two hands.
- Oars are used in pairs, and only have a blade at one end. Small craft can be propelled by a single paddle, and paddles may have blades at both ends.