PaddlingInstructor.com has hit the 2000 articles mark! [Sore fingers from typing]

Thursday, 03 June 2010
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Me at the Georgian Bay Storm Gathering in 2009.

I checked the article counter a couple of weeks ago and was super surprised to discover that the old article odometer was about to click over to 2000. Here we are with 2000 articles written and still having fun.

How did this site get going you might ask? Well, when I first started teaching others how to become instructors, I noticed that they were often cutting their teeth trying to develop their first lesson plans and looking for basic resources. Everybody was trying to figure out where to find ideas or new games and I thought that if there was one central resource location for new instructors then they wouldn’t need to waste time looking but rather put that time towards enhancing their teaching and presentation skills. That’s were the idea for paddlinginstructor.com started.

After a couple of months of scouring the internet I had amassed a small collection of teaching resources which are available for download for free. My goal has always been to provide more then just teaching ideas directly related to teaching somebody how to canoe or kayak; I wanted a wide collection of resources not specifically related to paddling because to me; being a good instructor isn’t about your ability to teach a skill, it’s about transferring your passion of the sport to a new student. A good instructor knows the skills but also knows about the environment, weather, bugs, the stars and how tides work. The students will never remember that you knew the key points of a forward sweep, they will remember the turtle you pointed out while on a short afternoon trip.

PaddlingInstructor.com opened up shop on March 13th, 2006 and since then has grown into the mini monster you see today.

Below are some basic stats for the number nerds:

251,000 Number of individual visitors that have dropped by to say hello over the years.
276 Number of people who stumbled upon my site with the keyword: “southern hemisphere star chart”
1 The lone sole who found my site using the keyword, "sexy man soldier" (I’m not quite sure why as I’m clearly not a soldier and just barely a man.)
1 The number of death threats I have received (so far) from something I have posted.


Thanks for a good times (except for the death threat) and here is to 2000 more.

 

David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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