- 7 ACA instructor workshops
- 5 Y staff training sessions
- 150+ hours of instruction
- 75+ people
Add in phone calls, emails, planning/coordinating, event breakdown, paperwork and driving – it doesn’t include the classes with recreational paddlers – and it has been a busy two months. In comparison, 150 hours and 75 people was the seasonal total for all things kayaking 10-15 years ago.
This is a very good season so far with a lot of learning, fun and smiles all around. I consider myself fortunate to be able to do this work and be this busy.
Instructor workshops still remain challenging despite doing them for 12+ years. A recent drive home provided reflection time, there is still room to grow, lessons to learn and new areas to look into. There is a deep well here.
But this isn’t about numbers, it is about people. That is the best part. To me, it all boils down to engaging the student in learning and enabling them to succeed. Once they get there, they get busy…