A Spring Boost

I hope everyone’s had a good enough winter. Wherever you are, I hope you’re healthy and able to get outdoors, and in particular, I hope that the Omicron variant has subsided, and that new variants stay clear.

This past weekend, I got a different sort of boost than the vaccine kind – a performance coaching boost! I attended a two-day class on coaching methods, and hopefully I’ll be able to use some of those in sessions this summer. Nothing nefarious! Just new ways to assist learners in developing their paddling skills.

With that, I want to share that Paddles Up is the new home for British Canoeing awards delivery. I would say in part that’s because there aren’t British or American ways to paddle, which seems to have been the perception by some. Instead, Paddles Up is open to everyone, and the progressive series of awards developed by British Canoeing are now delivered through Paddles Up.

That said, last year I qualified as an L4 Open Water Coastal Kayaking instructor, so those of you invested in the American Canoe Association awards can work with me to develop skills in more open and dynamic environments. And, if you just want to go for a paddle, that’s cool too.

With so many options, I thought I’d start the year off with a survey. If you’re on the THPC email list, you’ll get a link shortly, but here’s the form all the same. I would love to hear from you about what you’re interested in doing, and literally how far you’re willing to travel.

March is almost over, spring has just arrived. The paddling season is right around the corner.



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