Y2022 CORA Townhall #1: Intermediate Steering Technique

CORA is well aware that we’ve been held, as a paddling community, at the 2022 start-line in terms of a full return to paddling and racing in Canada. But every good steersperson knows that conditions can change for the better — just as every paddler knows that the flag can drop without warning. Why not be ready?

The CORA board is delighted to invite our members from across Canada to our first townhall video forum of the 2022 year. Members and guests will get the chance to glean steering tips focused on critical skill sets for intermediate-level and experienced steerspeople. Who’s intermediate? Well, everyone who can get from A to B upright and without a mutiny in the crew. If you know how to steer reasonably well, you’re in the right session. If you don’t steer but want to understand the role better, then you’ll enjoy this session too.

Steering is a never-ending master-class of how to get better. Our guest speaker, Cheryl Skribe, will describe how to set yourself up to learn without settling, and to set yourself challenges for improvement, in as much detail as 90 minutes can hold.

Cheryl Skribe and members of the CORA board (including Cindy Wright, Erik Ages, Leanne Stanley, Ron Chin and Val Simmons) will discuss a range of techniques and technical decision-making for review by people who have some or plenty of steering experience. Non-steering paddlers as well as novice and aspiring steerspeople are encouraged to soak it in too, bearing in mind this isn’t the start of a life-long conversation, but the middle: we won’t, for example, be discussing “how to poke,” but rather WHERE and how long and how deep to poke for the best result in specific conditions. We won’t discuss “how to post,” but rather WHY a poke may be better than a post in many instances and not all, and how to choose one over the other. We’ll discuss how other seats in the boat can support the responsibilities of seat six, and how to train to nurture those supporting roles within a crew. And we’ll summarize some of the key skills for to gauge conditions, as well as how to remain oriented in terms of short and longer-distance navigation, as well as how to challenge yourself, as a steersperson, to paddle more and to intervene less as your steering career evolves over the seasons.

This will part of a series of skill development sessions over the year ahead. Future sessions will continue this first conversation, and will include tactical and strategic discussions about short- and long-distance racing (and steering), navigation, safety…and yes, surfing.

Please join us on Saturday 22 January at 4pm (Pacific time) and enjoy some of the banter, humour, insight and experience that Cheryl and CORA’s merry band of board directors can bring to bear on the age-old dilemma of what to do and what not to do when you hear “ready, set, go!”

Click here or on the video image below to view the recording of this session.

May 25-26: Canoe Kids Course – Victoria BC

Victoria Youth Paddling Club (VYPC) is hosting a CKBC Canoe Kids Course.

Dates: May 25 and May 26
Times: Sat 9-4, Sun 9-12
Location: 355 Gorge Road West, Victoria, BC
This course is part of the Coaching for Community Sport National Coaching Certification Program and is suitable for those wishing to deliver canoe/kayak programs to adults and youth in the community. This introductory course focuses on the development of paddling skills in a safe and fun environment. There will be a ‘water’ session so please dress appropriately.

$50 EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT if registered before May 18th.
Registration fee – $180 + $30 CKC fee for CKBC members
$230 + $30 CKC fee for non members

CORA offers a coaching education grant that you can apply for once you have completed this course.

Register here: https://canoekayakbc.sportical.com/events/4487

Jericho hosting Johnny Puakea Outrigger Clinic July 5, 2018

Jericho Paddling Club will be hosting a Outrigger Clinic with Johnny Puakea on Thursday, July 5, 2018 at the Jericho Sailing Centre, Vancouver, BC.

Space is limited to 12 paddlers.

From the Puakea Designs website:

“As the founder of Puakea Designs, John is an internationally sought after canoe builder as well as a championship- winning paddling coach, whose career as a canoeing innovator and promoter has evolved with the expanding paddling sports market. As an exceptional technical coach, John has helped push world-class paddlers to the next level in international competition. His ability to improve the performance of already-elite paddlers also led Team Bradley to consecutive first-place finishes in the Molokai-to-Oahu Na Wahine O Ke Kai, and to the fastest crossing time by any women’s team in the history of the race. Johnny has also coached top OC1 paddlers like Jimmy Austin, Danny Ching and Lauren Spalding.”

The clinic will cover the following topics:

1. Stroke Mechanics: New facts vs. old theories
2. Teamwork and synergy in the canoe, how to think and have both
3. Training methods and styles for long-term goals
4. How to make the best of your equipment
5. Basic nutrition and exercises to improve performance

The proposed cost per paddler is $85.00.

Please contact jerichoinfo@googlegroups.com for more information.