Posted by: mrmannerz on Jul-02-11 3:14 PM (EST)
No trees. I would go to shore and get out. I would get away from my canoe as I do have metal objects in my gear, even if my canoe is royalex. Then, you crouch and keep your ankles together so that, if a strike is nearby, the electricity does not travel up one leg and down the other - try to eliminate a path up and through the body and back to ground. Remember, lightning is an electrical arc bridging a thousand feet or so...if it strikes nearby, it isn't going to have much trouble arcing around your pfd or tennis shoes.
It doesn't always strike the tallest object, but it does strike the taller objects more often.
If it is just a threat, you should be paddling near shore and if the shore is tree lined, within the area described by a 45 (or so) degree slope from the treetops to the water. Because, it is more likely to strike the tallest object. You should be near shore just because of the winds that a thunderstorm might bring with little warning.
A forest is reasonably safe, a big tall isolated tree is not.
Do not, I repeat, do not start golfing.