The instructor conferences are the first of their kind in Canada and are designed to bring together the most brilliant minds of instruction, front line instructors and guides and paddling industry professionals to figure out how to create more paddling enthusiasts. "About 95 per cent of introductory paddling course students don’t stick with it, and that should concern all of us," says Conference Director Scott MacGregor. "There are great ideas, paddling programs and teaching methods being developed in paddling organizations and schools, college programs and clubs, it's time to come together as peers, as instructors and guides, because what and how we teach has such an influence on first time paddlers.”
The conferences will deliver a premier national forum for: professional development through workshops, dialogue and on-water clinics; learning about current risk management and safety issues and other critical topics; sharing and developing strategies to increase participation in whitewater paddling and sea kayaking; professional-level industry networking; and recertification opportunities with various paddling organizations.
The conferences are presented by Rapid Media and therefore are open to all guides and instructors of any provincial, national and international instructing or guiding organization.
"Although at first it see" funny for a publishing company to be hosting instructor conferences, it actually makes sense," explains MacGregor. "With us putting them together it allows instructors and guides from everywhere to meet on equal ground, as peers, leaving organizational politics at home."
Rapid Media is the leader in paddlesports media and events with Rapid, Adventure Kayak, Canoeroots & Family Camping, and Kayak Angler magazines, a series of Canadian onwater paddling events and the Reel Paddling Film Festival. For more information, visit www.rapidmedia.com