The biggest improvement to the site is what you can't see. There is a new database that will manage memberships. Instructors will be able to go in, register a course and once the course is complete, update the student's certification. This will be a time saver for the office staff who were updating the database off paper course reporting forms.
There will also be several features that will roll out over the next little while including a component to search for registered courses and an "Instructor for Hire" list.
Like any new site, there are still a couple of bugs that need to get sorted out. For example, I couldn't figure out what to do after clicking the "Join Today!" link. I wanted to give them my money but could only bring up a membership benefits page and prices. They are going to work on that!
The other big beef is that the news page doesn't have an RSS feed link. That might be small to you but it's huge to me. I'm a news junkie but I don't have time to go out and snoop around the Paddle Canada site looking to see what's new. That's what RSS feeds are for through Google Reader. If they want to stay connected with their current and future members providing those types of features to stay connected is essential in today's wired world.
But hey, I can't complain too much, it's such a huge improvement over the old version I'm happy with it.
More info: Paddle Canada
Paddle Canada Gets a New Swanky WebsiteTuesday, 17 March 2009
It's been a long while and about time, Paddle Canada rolled out their new (and hugely updated) website this week and it's considerably better looking than the old version.
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.