Teaching

There is a new kayak training DVD about to be released called Sea Kayak Essentials and it’s put together by the same gang that brought us Kayak Essentials last year which we were happy to review at the time. This time round they are looking specifically at sea kayaking with a focus on the following skills: 5 Essentials of Boat Speed, Angle and Trim; Body Position, Stroke Linking Fundamentals of Posture, Connectivity, Feel and Power Transfer Core skills of Forward paddling, Balancing and Turning Use of the Skeg Boat Awareness exercises There are also sections that go into more detail on how to paddle in advanced conditions including tidal races, surfing and rock hopping. I’m really looking forward to seeing this DVD. Kayak Essentials was well produced and focused a lot on the technical skill development so there was a lot of material to work with. Sea Kayak Essentials looks to be in a similar vein and very promising. A trailer was recently posted and it’s embedded below. You can find more information about Sea Kayak Essentials on their website.
We have all been there. There is only an hour left in your lesson but you have two hours of material left to teach. Where did the time go? A sign of a good instructor is the ability to keep on top of your lesson plan and finish things off in the allotted amount of time. With one eye on the students and the other on her watch, the instructor can keep the lesson going without getting flustered or stressed that she behind schedule. Below is a set of random tips and ideas to help you manage your time while out teaching this summer: Lesson Planning Write your lesson plan out on paper in a chronological order throughout the day so you don’t need to waste time trying to find your place while on the water. When planning your lessons, be realistic in how long something is going to take or learn. Travel and paddle time always takes longer then you think and don’t forget to take into account wind and a beginners paddling pace. Teaching Time Streamline housekeeping. If your students need to fill out paperwork at the beginning of the course encourage them to get there early to take care of it before the course starts. As students finish up their paperwork use that time to learn names and morning expectations. Set realistic time expectations with your students. Let them know how much time they have for lunch so they are back on time. Tell them your goal is to be on the water in x number of minutes so they know if they have time to find that last minute item in the trunk of their car. Watch your travel time on the water as it eats up a lot of time very quickly. Don’t move your class unless you need to. Getting on and off the water always takes twice as long as you think it does (did I mention that before?). Try to teach your on-land segments at the same time (just before or just after lunch) to minimize water/land transition time. If you need…
Quick update.  I uploaded three SUP specific lesson plans to the teaching resource repository that were generously donated by instructor and friend of the site, Michael Pardy. The three new resources are:  SUP Lesson Plan - Breaking Through the Waves  Lesson Plan: SUP Tides and Currents  Lesson Plan: Introduction to Forward Stroke I’m also pleased to announce that you no longer need to register and login to download the teaching resources. Just go and grab what you want. Finally, I’m always on the hunt for resources. If you have any lesson plans that you want to contribute, please get in touch with me. I’m very happy to do the legwork to convert them to pdf and make sure you get full credit. If you want to see what other people have contributed grab a few from the lesson plans category.
If you are new to SUP or an expert looking to get more performance from your paddling you need to watch this very technical breakdown of the stroke used during Stand Up Paddling. It’s developed by Jim Terrell, the creator of QuickBlade Paddles. The SUP Instructors out there, watch closely when Jim breaks down each of the paddlers stroke pointing out some of the key elements to watch for along with the common mistakes that beginning SUP ‘ers often make. The video is listed after the jump.
We have a guest blogger today. Tim Dyer, owner of White Squall Paddling Centre in Parry Sound, Ontario has contributed in the past so I’m excited to post this today. For some reason this winter sea kayak rescue technique seems to be a real hot topic in magazines, blogs or internet forums so Tim asked if he could chime in with several random thoughts on the issue. Give it a go. There is so much here that it will probably require 2-3 reads to get all the meat out of it. What do you think? Post your thoughts below. Staying Alive on the Water – A Critical Look at RescuesBy: Tim Dyer – White Squall Paddling Centre I’ve been thinking a lot about rescues.  Maybe it’s because every time I open a paddling magazine or view the list of topics for symposia, sea kayak rescue in all its guts and glory is dissected ad nauseum.  To add to the nausea, I thought I would weigh in so here are some thoughts about that most humbling piece of paddling – saving a life. Lemons Can Get YouIf you haven’t heard of Jim Raffan’s model of lemons – it’s the simplest trick in the book, yet most people don’t use it near enough.  Really briefly – every time you head out and forget to think about a possible risk and more importantly how you might lessen or get rid of it entirely – consider yourself in possession of a lemon.  A common example is not knowing your paddling partner’s skills – that’s a lemon!   Now imagine you’ve got yourself a couple, and you’re trying to juggle them.  Two aren’t so bad, but hey – a couple more have just popped up.  The juggling isn’t going so well, and you’re now in the land of accidents.  Maybe you won’t have one, but the likelihood is strong – all because you didn’t destroy your lemons before they got out of hand.   If all you ever think of when paddling is getting rid of these dastardly little fruits, your paddling life will likely last longer,…
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