The forward stroke is that funny stroke that everybody does but few do it really well. Here are a bunch of random thoughts on how to make things more efficient:
Those of us who live above the equator should know that Spring is just around the corner and that means teaching season is coming soon. If you are looking for some great teaching resources to get your teaching mojo skills back up to speed; take a browse through the American Canoe Association’s online store. There, you find a massive collection of books and DVD’s on a huge range of topics like instruction (eg. Canoeing & Kayaking for People with Disabilities and Essentials of River Kayaking), and safety (Whitewater Rescue Manual and Life Jackets Float. Do You?). They also carry a fine selection of DVD’s with titles such as Ben Lawry Rolling Elixir and Low Head Dam Safety.By the way, I really want to purchase the Ben Lawry Rolling Elixir purely because any video that takes the time to crop out head of the instructor on the DVD case has got to be good.Those who love ominous sounding titles also won’t be disappointed. In the bookstore you can get your own copy of Cold, Wet and Alive and Decide to Return - A Strategy for Safe Sea Kayaking. (cue suspense music - bom, bom, bom).More info: ACA Bookstore
A new kayak instructional DVD that you might be interested in is just about to be released.Kayak Essentials is a DVD released out of the UK from BCU coaches, Nick Cunliffe and Matt Giblin. Developed for both whitewater and sea kayak kayakers; Kayak Essentials focuses on foundational kayak skills that are key to more advanced performance in rough water.
Sea kayak instructor, blogger and surf kayak manic, Keith Wikle has been working on an assignment for an American Canoe Association certification. To complete the assignment, he had to develop a theory lesson for beginners using only 10 slides. Using the framework of only 10 slides is a good idea. The assignment asks the question, "With 10 slides, can you distill your lesson down and teach it to beginners so they understand in under 10 minutes?
Remember that grumpy old teacher in high school you wished had retired 2 years before you started class? For me it was my geography teacher. She should have quit decades earlier and ended up being a terrible, ineffective teacher that sadly turned me off to geography for a long time.That sweet little walk down memory lane got me thinking about instructor burnout.Being a paddling instructor is a bit like being a rock star. You get the glory of being on stage but the reality is; you end up playing the same hit songs over and over and over again. After a while you sound like a tape recorder when teaching the sweep stroke and before you know it you are yelling, “Hello Cleveland!” while in really you are in Tacoma, Washington. Trust me; it’s happened to the best of them.Below are a bunch of tips and ideas to keep burnout at bay:
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