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If you have a weekend free this summer and looking for kayak training in a very relaxed environment, make your way to the Ontario Sea Kayak Centre, located 2.5h north of Toronto in Parry Sound. For the first time they are offering a series of theme weekends covering a wide variety of topics including Greenland Paddle building and rolling. Paddle building and rolling is fine and all but I want to highlight two other programs also going on. The first is that I'm teaching a navigation and weather themed weekend coming up in just a couple of days. We will be covering stuff like trip planning, on-water navigation and the basics of weather forecasting as well as getting out and checking out the sights and sounds of Georgian Bay’s 40,000 islands. In the past have you gotten lost listening to a friend trying to explain the wonders of navigation? I will try to sort it out for you. It will be practical, nerdy but certainly not boring. Another weekend that looks amazing and you should for sure think about attending is the leadership and risk management weekend hosted by Alec and Sharon Bloyd-Peshkin of Have Kayaks, Will Travel Paddlesport Coaching in Chicago. Over the weekend they will be covering the latest and greatest kayak rescue techniques as well as how to manage incidents on the water. Of course it won’t be all rescues all the time and they will also be working with students to improve strokes and paddling technique. With a small class there will be lots of one on one time. I know these guys love having fun on the water so I know you are going to have a great time. Looks interesting? You can find more info about the training weekends here.
As a freshwater kid who rarely gets to the ocean, I think that tides are just awesome. That's why I was excited last week when I stumbled upon this very cool collection of low and high tide comparison photos from around the world. I'm always amazed at how much of a difference there is between low and high tide. If you are this guy, I've got a pile of resources that will help explain how tides work so that even a 6 year old will understand. Download your free teaching resources here.
Today I had the pleasure of being invited to Onondaga Camp (just north of Toronto about 2.5h) to do some training with their canoe & kayak waterfront staff. It was fun. When I got home I decided to check out their website and stumbled upon this amazing photo. Sometime last year history was made when a young camper decided to go waterskiing behind a group of burly camp staff paddling a freighter canoe. Oh look, the camper is wearing a cape to boot! This photo is 100% awesome. Photo credit: onondagacamp.com
What started out as a funny idea to get more people out enjoying nature and the wilderness, the Paddle in the Park Contest has blossomed into one of the coolest, awesomest, bestest contest I’ve read about in quite a while. Now in its second year, the contest is pretty simple. Canoe paddle manufacturer, Badger Paddle partnered up with Preston of Portageur.ca to find a bunch of celebrity paddlers and authors to go out and hide six paddles along the portage trails in Algonquin, Temagami and Killarney areas. Between now and September 15th they will be sending out clues to help campers figure out where the paddles are hiding. Find a paddle along the trail? It’s yours! Just try to name a cooler contest out there, just try. With the contest just getting going, I got in touch with co-owner of Badger Paddle, Fiona Westner-Ramsay to tell me all about it:
Bob Putnam, Owner of Deep Cove Kayak decided it was time to take his Epic V8 Surfski out on the famous Skookumchuk Tidal Rapids and they decided to bring along David O'Brian who works freelance as a videographer and digital animator. The footage turned out so good they decided to turn it into a mini commercial for Deep Cove Kayaks and Epic.

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