Uh, hellooooo! You might want to use them oar things to steer into, and stay going into, the waves so you don’t capsize by having waves push you over from the side. Just a thought. Safe boating 101.
One of my favourite expressions for conveying a sense of futility is “It’s like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic, what’s the point?”. Here’s a photos of said deck chairs.