Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:38

Cross-Canada Tour

Oh Canada... Let's take a quick tour across Canada and see what is going in the Provincial/Territorial paddling Associations:

RCABC Receives MEC Grant
Mountain Equipment Co-op recently announced a grant of $6088 (cdn) for the Recreational Canoeing Association of British Columbia. It is going to be used to help create fish habitat and paddling features on the Seymour River in North Vancouver, BC. This is the second year that MEC has contributed to this project and would not have been possible without their support.

Paddle Manitoba
The Government of Canada has committed to expanding Nahanni National Park Reserve. Parks Canada is launching a series of public meetings this summer and fall on what the new boundary should look like. This is the best opportunity yet for Canadians to show their support for protecting the entire South Nahanni Watershed and Nahanni karstlands. Show your support! Write or call the federal government and let them know you support full watershed protection!

More info here.

New Brunswick Canoe & Kayak Association
You need to pay up your 2007 memberships. It's $15...Pay up deadbeats. More info.

Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador
They have a great article on Icebergs. Makes sense...Read it here.

Canoe Kayak Nova Scotia
People from across the province will have the opportunity to enjoy guided tours of some of Nova Scotia's protected areas again this summer.

The Department of Environment and Labour, in partnership with community groups, will offer several free tours to participants interested in exploring the province's unique wilderness areas and nature reserves.

Two tours are scheduled for Sunday, June 10, on Canadian Rivers Day.

A paddling tour of the Margaree-Lake Ainslie Canadian Heritage River, Inverness County, will begin at 1 p.m. Paddlers are invited to experience a great Canadian river with a guide by paddling the 13-kilometre section of slow-moving river between Margaree Forks and Margaree Harbour. More info.


Wednesday, 13 June 2007 18:08

Calendar of Events

If you have events that you are organizing this year, we want to hear about it. You can promote your event for free via our events calendar. To post, you just need to register first.

Contact me if you have any questions or run into any problems...
Sunday, 10 June 2007 18:50

Using video in your Coaching

Preparing to use video in coaching.
Preparing to use video in coaching.

Introduction:
Video is a flexible and powerful tool for the coach, its level of use is dictated by the coaches ability with the camera and confidence in it's application as part of the normal coaching process. The strength of video lies in it's ability to capture movement and speed rather than fixed shots. Many coaches are, needlessly, nervous because of the technology involved and it's application. The video should be built into normal coaching activity and viewed as additional to coaching activity.

Saturday, 09 June 2007 18:06

2007 is the Year of the Island Trip

It seems these days everybody is paddling around islands. Derek and Taino are paddling around Puerto Rico this August, the guys from Terra Santa Kayak Expeditions are currently paddling around Newfoundland, Freya and Greg are leaving next week to paddling around Iceland and finally, Erik is still paddling around the Toronto Islands.

Erik's trip is only 12 km round trip but he has been working on it for 5 years. I think that he is on his 1000th attempt...

Gilligans Island I was recently reading a transcript of an interview of Bob Denver from 1994. Bob Denver is known for his role as Gilligan from "Gilligan's Island". It ran for 98 episodes from 1964 to 1967.

I had to read the following quote 4 times because I couldn't believe it:

Radio Station: Yet I understand, looking through some trivia books, that some people did take it kind of seriously. I understand the U.S. Coast Guard got some calls from concerned viewers who suggested that they try and rescue you guys off the island.

Bob: There was an Admiral in the East here somewhere. He's was a retired Admiral and he was in his 70s and he got the coordinates. We gave them out one time. The longitude and latitude, which if you looked it up was in the middle of nowhere in the Pacific Ocean. He knew the chain of command, so he called Washington and Washington called Hawaii and pretty soon they had one of the cutters steaming up. One of the young sailors came up to the Captain and said, "Sir, I think it's a TV show." And he said, "what, son!" He says, "I think it's a TV show, sir." They checked it out again and found out of course that it was. They came on the set, the Commander did, with this huge stack of memorandums and everything else that came out of Washington. We almost really got rescued.


For this who don't believe me, here is the original interview.

What does this tell us? Well, anybody who is planning a major trip around an island this year, if you run into trouble and help doesn't seem to be coming, your best chance for rescue is probably to start a television show and get it into syndication.
Bike Tube Grip

Adapting your current paddling program is a lot easier then you think. Here are a couple of small ideas that you can use to help different people with disabilities.






Tuesday, 05 June 2007 18:47

Mailing List Reading

To keep on top of what is going on, I find myself getting lots of mailings from outfitters and paddling schools from around the world. I'm on lots of mailinglists and to be honest, I usually disappointed with about 98% them. I'm mean come on, it is your primary mean of advertisement and promotion and you don't even take the time to send a lousy photo or a funny story to keep me interested? Hey company owners, want to see a good example? Go to Naturally Superior Adventures and get on their mailing list.

Enough ranting. I don't know what got into me. Sorry about that...

Two things caught my eye in NSA's latest mailing.

The quest for the most urban couple... They are helping to sponsor a contest looking for the most "Urban" couple. Here is the description:

The panel-selected winning couple will be taken on a guided, all-inclusive five-day kayaking adventure on Lake Superior. A cameraman will follow along, filming the adventure, with the footage later being released on the Internet as a series of reality-TV style "webisodes".

Think you could make the cut? Nominate yourself here. Don't tell your partner just in case you get picked. Now that will make for some great reality TV...

What else if fun in their newsletter...Oh yes, they are planning a really cool trip. They are offering a Voyageur Canoe Musical Tour from Rossport, Ontario to the Red Rock Folk and Blues Festival. You get to travel in a 36 foot Voyageur Canoe with everybody in a fun and relaxing atmosphere. The best part is that this musical journey will be hosted by Ian Tamblyn.

Voyageur Canoe Ian Tamblyn has been a musician, songwriter, playwright and producer for many years. He has recorded several albums and countless soundtracks for theater and film. In recent years, Ian has had a close association with adventure travel and scientific expeditions. These travels have taken him from the icebergs of Greenland to the underwater world of Antarctica.

I can imagine what the campfire sing-songs would sound like. Awesome. As somebody who has guided several trips using a voyageur canoe, there is no better way to travel. Hand-down the most relaxing trip I have ever worked on. More info here.

Sierra Designs LogoSierra Designs, an environmental stewardship advocate, adventure seeker and authentic technical leader in developing innovative outdoor products including tents, sleeping bags and clothing announced its 2007-2008 alliance partnership programs to maximize product awareness and support sustainable practices.
Jackson Kayak LogoFor the second time in the three-year history of the event, freestyle kayaking World Champion Eric "EJ" Jackson was honored for his achievements with an Everest Award presented during the Teva Mountain Games at Vail.
Thule, the world leader in Sports Utility Transportation, announces the closing of the Case Logic acquisition after approval of relevant anti-trust authorities. The transaction was originally announced on April 30th, 2007.
Sunday, 03 June 2007 18:47

New Site Template

I finally got a chance to release a new site template that I have been working on for the past several months. I have been quite busy with other projects and family that this has been pushed back ohh...at least 200 times.

I hope that you find it a little easier to navigate through. I still have some minor tweaking to do and I should have most things sorted out this week. Let me know if you notice any "disconnects".

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