It's less than a week for the best weekend of the year. On Friday is a first of it's kind. The Eastern Canadian Sea Kayak Instructors Conference is taking place in Parry Sound, Ontario.
We have instructors
from all over coming to speak at it. Right now we have over 30 participants so
it is going to be a lively group indeed. I mean, you get 3 sea kayak
instructors together in a group and you can't get a word in edgewise, imagine
30? I'm dead...
Saturday and Sunday is
the Georgian Bay Canoe & Kayak Festival also talking place at White Squall.
It is shaping up to be another fantastic weekend. It is a super laidback
weekend of seminars and on water sessions. Every year or rains and every year
the power seems to go out causing chaos. I have talked to lots of people who
have traveled the kayak symposium circuit and they all comment on how friendly
and unassuming people are at this one. I have been to other symposiums where it
sometimes turns into a pissing contest of gear of skills. I keep trying to
start one but for some reason, nobody is interested and they are all there just
to have a good time.
The highlight for me
will not take place on the water or even in a dry suit. Fred Eaglesmith will be
making another appearance on Saturday night. For those who don't know who this
guy is, you need to get on board now. Wikipedia describes him as, "Eaglesmith is a prolific and talented songwriter, and is known for
writing songs about machines or vehicles, including songs about trains,
tractors, trucks, cars, and engines. Rural life, dogs, guns, drinking and
farming/ranching are other common themes. Many of his songs are about failing
farms and small businesses."
It is fantastic and you can listen to
samples of his latest album, "Milly's Café".
It's coming soon!Sunday, 29 April 2007
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.