Training : Skills Training
Our Skills Training program is open to all of our members who want spend the time to understand advanced techniques of a particular skill. Clinics are held throughout the year. They are typically taught by our more experienced members or, on occasion, will invite an instructor to share their knowledge with us. Below is an example of some of the clinics we have had in the past.
Small Boats Clinic
This clinic is required by all members before they take out our fleet of OC1 and OC2 canoes. The clinic starts with the basics on how to handle, care for, assemble and disassemble the canoe. This is then followed by a lesson on the safety procedures and protocols of our surrounding waters when paddling in a small group or solo. Finally, there is the all important huli drill where each member must prove they have the ability to get back on the canoe after flipping it.
Our stroke clinics gives us the opportunity to thoroughly analyze and break down each paddlers stroke. The clinic starts by recording each paddler’s current stroke on video. We give on land instruction on how what the ideal stroke is that would maximize power and efficiency. We review each paddler’s stroke individually and identify where their strengths and weaknesses are. This is then followed by sessions on the water where we go through a variety of stroke-related drills.
We encourage all paddlers with more than two years of experience be able to steer an OC6 canoe. Our steering clinics start with instruction on land with the basic mechanics of how to steer, calls and commands, communication, reading the water and tides and all of the safety protocols required to steer an OC6. This is followed by time on the water in the steering seat under the guidance of an experienced steersperson. After that, it’s just putting in time on the water and building confidence.
Huli Drills occur annually and are required of all paddlers who want to participate in races. We provide the initial instruction on land including the specific roles of each seat, the mechanics of properly flipping the canoe and the procedures of bailing the canoe. This also gives the opportunity for our newer steerspeople to lead a drill. We feel it is important to do these drills regularly in a controlled environment so when the time comes when it happens unexpectedly, all of our paddlers and steerspeople are fully prepared to get themselves safely back into the canoe and out of harms way.
Aside from those listed above that we offer regularly, we have others that we teach throughout the season. We have rigging clinics where our paddlers can understand how to properly set the ama and rig it securely. Boat repair clinics where they can learn how to properly care for and repair the canoe. We have clinics on radio communications so we know how to properly communicate with the Coast Guard or any of the other commercial or recreational vessels that share the water.