Ms. Tourista – picked up new Current Designs Siroccos in Victoria (they deliver)!
Newsletter, August 2003
Just Some Quick News
Review the pilot San Juan Islands tour in July. Join me on the next tour – September 11-14th –
Ongoing Tuesday and Thursday evening skills clinics – drop in!
September 5 – 7- American Canoe Association instructor development workshop, Deception Pass and Washington Park, near Anacortes, WA
September 19 – 21 West Coast Sea Kayak Symposium, Port Towsend
October 3, 4, 5 – Whitewater Symposium, Zoar Outdoor
October 24 – 26 – American Canoe Association instructor development workshop , St. Augustine, Florida
October 31 – November 2 – American Canoe Association instructor certification exam, St. Augustine, Florida
In the works: January – IDW and a fun kayak tour in Veracruz, Mexico – hosted by Rafael Mier Maza.
I bumped into and queried several other ACA instructors at last weeks Outdoor Retailer show….Bob Foote and Karen Knight are two instructors I have spoken with at different events and respect. I find our issues and outlooks are similar…we are striving to stay in the industry as instructors and striving to model good technique. In coastal kayaking there is a lot of orientation to what is the right way to do something – this is evidenced at instructor updates and on lists such as Paddlewise. With this in mind I watched Bob and Karen give a demonstration for the ACA of the paddlefloat re-entry – and saw Karen gracefully come out of the water on the back deck. As this is my favorite method – I find it the easiest – I was glad to see someone from another part of the country do it too.
Additionally I watched Greg Barton give a forward stroke clinic and use terms catch, power, recovery – another point of contention in certain instructor courses. I thought if an paddler like Greg still uses these terms it’s more broad ranging than the ACA. Using “plant” – as in planting the paddle in cement and drawing the boat past the paddle is also an effective visualization.
On the other hand there is always striving towards innovation – take a look at Kent Ford’s new rolling video. We have been using the technique in our rolling classes and have seen great success.
With the orientation towards different learning styles I try to file away as many tips and variations as I can into my bag of tricks – this way I can pull out a visualization or methodology that suits the moment.
Tooting One’s Own Horn –
Whitewater – “Great fun, Andree was very patient and teaching style is fun too. One
My article on whitewater kayaking – City Sports NW – Whitewater Kayaking
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