The 2013 season of lessons is underway and we are off to a great start, the first outdoor lesson occuring this Thursday! We've really only just gotten rolling and already there are only a handful of spots left in the scheduled courses. I still have hopes to add a couple more course but, to be honest, my schedule is very nearly at capacity (my wife would say it's well over-capacity). So, head to the Lessons page to check out what's on offer before it's too late!
It's a busy weekend and the warm weather has come just in time. I'll be helping out on Saturday, May 4th from 11 am to 4 pm at the Classic Outdoors Demo day at Erindale Pond, at the corners of Kenderdine & Kerr Roads. Then, on Sunday, May 5th from 12 to 4 pm I'll be at the Saskatoon Canoe Club Open House at the boathouse in Vicrtoria Park answering questions and taking registrations for kayak lessons.
There's a new paddling instruction company in town. My good friend Mark Larfontaine has been teaching canoe lessons for several years and this year has formalized things by creating Maskwa Paddle Co. He builds beautiful hand-carved paddles and teaches canoeing. Check it out if you want to learn to canoe or want a beautifully functional paddle.
p.s. The good-looking model posing with one of his paddles in the photo in the header of his website, that's me.
The snow on the ground suggests that winter is here and that the outdoor paddling season is long gone (unless you have a dry suit and good rescue skills in freezing water). In the winter of 2013 we are planning to offer a couple of introductory clinics as well as a couple of rescue practice sessions, all in the pool of course! Getting these scheduled is a "work in progress," but stay tuned for news of the latest offerings soon. If there is something in particular you want to see, let me know!