It was very successful with over 30 participants in the one-day event. Add that to the 12 instructors who were also there to help out, and that adds up to a really fun group of people who love getting out there and teaching.
We spent all day talking about various teaching topics including risk management, strokes, rescues and adaptive paddling from the perspective of how to actually teach it.
Special thanks to all the presenters listed below for their hard work.
Scott MacGregor - Rapid Media
Richard Alexander - Newfoundland Kayak Company
Matt Cruchet - Direct Bearing Incorporated
Tim Dyer - White Squall Paddling Center
Pauline Halstead - Paddles and Boots
Graham Ketcheson - White Squall Paddling Center
Conor Mihell - Naturally Superior Adventures
Erik Ogaard - Harbourfront Canoe & Kayak Center
Rick Wise - Horizons
Ken Whiting - Heliconia Press
For the first time in several years, it didn't rain or lose power leaving some of the diehards disappointed. Oh well, can't please everybody...
There were a ton of sessions including many of the speakers listed above presenting on land clinics as well as skill development sessions out on the water.
There were two highlights for me over the weekend. The first was the annual cardboard kayak race. I think at the end, only two boats surived. Basically, if your boat stays afloat for the first 0.5 seconds of the race, you have a good change of actually finishing. I paddled in the race 5 years ago and lost to an 8 year old girl. I haven't been back since. I have my pride...
The second big highlight was seeing Fred Eaglesmith. He always puts on a fantastic show. If you don't know who I'm talking about, you really need to spend some time getting to know his music. I know you won't be disappointed.