A rapidly developing sport in the UK canoeing should not be confused with kayaking, (it's closed deck relative). Canoeing (or open boating as it is often called) is a beautiful, elegant way of exploring the water and enjoying the wildlife and scenery.
Canoes have a reputation for instability, but this is not true if they are handled properly. For example, the occupants need to keep their center of gravity as low as possible. Canoes can easily navigate swift-moving water with skilled paddlers, careful scouting of rapids and good communication between the paddlers. Nearly every kind of whitewater that can be run in an enclosed kayak can - and has- also be run in an open canoe.