Find the best canoeing lessons, classes, and instructors at HeyKiki and learn how to canoe. Canoeing is a paddle sport that refers to navigating a canoe or a kayak through calm waters or rapids. The canoe was designed by Native Americans and used for long distance transportation through waterways, and was introduced as a sport in Europe by European explorers returning from the New World in the 19th century. Paddle sports are featured in the Olympics, with several events for one, two, or four person teams competing in either sprinting or slalom courses. People also partake in paddle sports for recreational purposes.