May 22, 2014

Paddle Canada Instructor Course

This past weekend I completed my Intermediate Lake Tandem Instructor certificate with Paddle Canada. The course took place at Manitoba Pioneer Camp on Shoal Lake, it was the 25th year Paddle Canada has partnered with this camp to hold the course.

I learned many skills that will help me very much in the coming months and on the expedition. The weekend was packed with theory and practical lessons everything from pivots and side slip to portaging and canoeing heritage. My instructors were great and I was surprised to learn that they were all volunteers for the approximately 40+ hour course.

As Paddle Canada instructors a large component of teaching is detection and correction, determining why the canoe is doing certain things and how our students can modify their body position and movements to perfect the strokes and manoeuvres. For anyone hoping to instruct children or adults, I would highly recommend the Paddle Canada instructor course. It has given me the skills to confidently demonstrate and teach the foundations of canoeing.