Teaching more advanced instructor courses is quite a bit different then lower level ones. The students are expected to know the basics of teaching and student evaluation so they are thrown in the first day teaching all the skills to us and the rest of the group. Our job is slightly different as we take on a more of a facilitator roll and helping to fill in the gaps that students miss along the way.
Throughout the course, we spent a good amount of time working through the more difficult or potentially in-depth topics and figuring out what to teach on a level 2 course. Navigation is a great example. When teaching an actual level 2 course, you need to figure out in your head the cut off point of when you start talking about level 3 skills. If you don't do that and just keep getting deeper and deeper into the topic, you can easily confuse the newly intermediate paddler.
Don't get me wrong, we didn't sit on shore and talk the whole time, we got out and worked on some moving water skills in the Magnetawan River. The water was pushy enough to do some surfing and working boat control along the eddy lines which was a lot of fun.
Finally, another great thing about instructor courses is all the great stuff that I personally learn along the way. I have yet to teach an instructor course where I didn't walk away with a new tip or teaching progression idea and this course was no exception.
For example, one of the students on the course demonstrated a fantastic approach to teaching rolling; but from a more whitewater perspective. For me, it was a real eye opener to look at the progression from a completely new angle. I will try to summarize the ideas in a couple of days when I get caught up from the 300 emails I received while I was away.