please read the Egyptian Sinuhe, a book by Mika Waltari. You'll love the book (everybody does) and you'll get the joke. http://www.amazon.com/Sinuhe-Egyptian-New-Portway-Reprints/dp/0855948450
I've never been canoeing before, but I imagine there must be just a few simple heuristics you have to remember... Yes, don't fall out, and don't hit rocks.