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From the President

Less Talk, More Engaging

ALL INSTRUCTORS STRUGGLE to engage students. A simple mantra is to talk less, and engage more. I am continually learning its value and being reminded of its benefits. When teaching skills I use the acronym IDEAS (introduce, demo, explain, action, summarize), be silent or speak less when demoing strokes and maneuvers. For theory topics using IES (introduce,

engage, summarize), get your students to teach the theory to each other. Practice demonstrating skills with

The Director’s Strokes

“ARE YOU A PADDLER?” That’s what we ask attendees at many nation- al trade shows as they wander by the Paddle Canada booth. “No, but we mo- tor boat,” they often answer, or “No, but we enjoy our fishing boat.” Our next question is often “Do you own a canoe or kayak or SUP?” Surprisingly, more often than not, the answer is yes! The majority of motor boat own- ers with a 40 horsepower motor craft or larger also own a canoe, kayak or paddleboard now. A recent study by Safe Quiet Waters

( surveying almost 2,300 boaters and cottagers in 2013, showed that 80 percent of these folks used a canoe that year and 60 percent used kayaks. Since Transport Canada has over six million motorized craft registered in their national database we can estimate that the number of canoes, kayaks and SUPs out there is in the millions. The survey also asked cottagers to rank water actvities in

order of importance. Relaxing on the dock came first, followed by swim- ming, then canoeing, kayaking, rowing and paddleboarding. Lower on the list were motorboat activities like cruis- ing, visiting friends, waterskiing and fishing. I find it curious that these recre- ational boaters do not consider them- selves paddlers, since many of them paddle and rank the importance of paddling as higher than motor boat- ing! This self-perception is often the reason they are not linked into our paddling community. Many people think about safety, preparation and equipment when cruising their motor boats but don’t think about paddles- ports the same way. Paddle Canada and our partners are slowly chang- ing this perception. I encourage all of you to spread the word to other recreational boating communities that human-powered boats require safety equipment, training and planning just like larger vessels. May your paddle always pull water, GRAHAM KETCHESON Executive Director

deliberate movements that will help students learn by watching you instead of listening to you explain it. Watching instructional YouTube videos with the volume on mute and trying to follow along is a good way to assess the effec- tivenes of the demonstration. Let me know how it goes. Priscilla Haskin is the President of

Paddle Canada and a Paddle Canada Instructor Trainer.

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