Hello fellow sea kayak instructors.
My name is Christopher Lockyer and I am the director of coaching with Committed 2 the core sea coaching www.committed2thecore.com We would like to extend the invitation to any current Paddle Canada instructor looking to progresses through the system.
As an instructor trainer I feel it is important to creat opportunities for those who are looking to take there instructor or instructor trainer status to the next level and we want to help. So we are putting this out there to you all. We are willing to take two mentors on any of the programs that we are currently publicly advertising on the Paddle Canada website.
|Written by Graham Ketcheson on Tuesday, 02 April 2013 08:53||Published in Instruction News|
Paddle Canada and the American Canoe Association Stand Up Paddleboard Committees Working Together
Starting April 1, 2013, the SUP Committees for both Paddle Canada (PC) and the American Canoe Association (ACA) will be working more closely together. A member from the ACA's SUP committee will sit as a non-voting liaison member on PC's SUP committee and in return a PC SUP member will sit on ACA's committee as a non-voting liaison member. The committees both feel this will go a long way towards strengthening SUP instruction in North America, but also help the ACA's and PC's working relationship in the future.
We are seeking your input today into the development of a new national program called PaddleSmart, a paddle sport awareness program, which will be developed and added along side of other successful programs under the AdventureSmart banner.
We are excited to announce that Paddle Canada has been awarded a contract from the National Search and Rescue Secretariat (NSS) to produce a PaddleSmart 30-50 page manual and presentation by March 31, 2013. Launching of trainer courses and development of outreach and additional instructor materials will follow in the years to come.
This opportunity aligns itself very well with Paddle Canada's 3 Year Float Plan for Success with it's focus on youth, since the main target audiences of these programs are schools.
Paddle Canada is pleased to accept $50,000 in funding towards it's 2012 - 2013 Project: "Expansion of Paddle Canada Services: National Paddling Week, Conferences & Instructor Development". Paddle Canada is thrilled to be one of six contribution program partners. Education & Safety Awareness for Canoe / Kayak / SUP users is a high priority for Transport Canada. This fits ideally into what Paddle Canada does: provide excellent national paddlesports training, keeping recreational users safe on Canada's waterways.
The following is the Government of Canada's Press Release Announcement on the May Long Weekend, kicking off Safe Boating Awarness Week:
OTTAWA, May 18, 2012 /CNW/ - The Honourable Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities, today celebrated North American Safe Boating Awareness Week 2012 with an announcement of $322,000 for six boating safety awareness projects under Transport Canada's Boating Safety Class Contribution Program.
"North American Safe Boating Awareness Week marks the beginning of the boating season in many parts of the country," said Minister Lebel. "Our government is pleased to be working with stakeholders on worthy projects aimed at reducing boating fatalities and injuries on Canadian waters."
This year's recipients under the Boating Safety Class Contribution Program are:
Minister Lebel also reminded Canadians of the following tips to stay safe on the water:
Data collected over the past two decades indicate that the majority of boating-related deaths in Canada were linked to recreational boating activities such as fishing, powerboating and canoeing, often in small open boats on inland rivers and lakes.
The Stand-up Paddleboarding and Sea Kayaking Program Development Committees are pleased to announce the recipients of instructor development bursaries for 2012.
The bursaries were developed to help defray the certification or travel costs for instructors coming from, or organizing courses in, underfunded areas throughout Canada.
SK Instructor Bursaries:
Meghan Hennessy - Vancouver, BC
Tony Palmer - Calgary, AB
Denis Légère - Yellowknife, NT
Ray Boucher - Wawa, ON
Christopher Lockyer - Hilden, NS
Shannon Sweetland - Corner Brook, NL
May 11-13, 2012 at the MWWP and the Petawawa River
This is the last chance to re-cert into the CKC whitewater instructor program for existing Kayak instructors that have prior certification. This will be a nationally run re-cert held at the Gull River MWWP, and at the Petawawa River Hell or High Water event, May 11-13th, 2012. Participants must be a member of Whitewater Ontario.
We will also welcome candidates for the Pool/Lake Learning Facilitator and Master Learning Facilitator levels of certification. For this, there is no course fee, only membership in WO or another Provincial Sport Organization and the certification fee is required.
April 17, 2012 - The Canoe Program Development Committee passed a motion that Instructors from the following associations can now request a transfer into the Introduction Levels of Moving Water, Lake, and Canoe Tripping, if they are current Instructors in that same discipline in the following organizations:
Other Instructors from other organizations will have to check with at local Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer for skill evaluation or make a request to the Canoe PDC.