Thursday, April 12, 2007

AWA Education Courses

Instructor, Leadership and Swiftwater River Rescue and Safety Certification courses are now posted online. Please see the top right side of this blog; click on AWA Technical Director Events Schedule and go to AWA Paddler Development Schedule 2007 for dates and courses. Please contact if you have questions. For those who are unable to attend any of the listed courses, please feel free to request a course that can meet the needs of your paddling group and/or club.


Friday, April 6, 2007

Paddling Presentation: Message from Tai Munro


The Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society is hosting an event in May that I am hoping you would be willing to share with your members. On May 12th, 2007 we will be holding a wilderness celebration at the Aviation Hanger on Kingsway. One of the highlights of this event is a multimedia presentation on a paddling trip that was done in the Peel Watershed in the Yukon. A group of artists, writers, and local residents traveled the three rivers in this area. The presentation features this journey, the artistic impressions of the trip, and makes connections to Alberta's own wilderness. This presentation will be followed by live musical guests.
If you are interested and able to share this some how I would be happy to send you a write up to use that would include where to buy tickets and how to get more information.

I look forward to hearing from you,
Tai Munro

Tai Munro, Volunteer & Outreach CoordinatorCanadian Parks and Wilderness Society Edmontonph:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

AWA Technical Director Revised Events Schedule

If you look over to the top right side of this blog there is a listing titled "AWA Program Information". Below is a link to the revised TD events schedule along with program descriptions. Please have a look and enjoy our AWA 2007 programs!

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WSAA (ATS) Development Camp at the Kananaskis

Trans Alta, has indicated that Friday April 6, 2007 the Kananaskis will flow from 07:00 until 20:00. As it is Good Friday (and a holiday), I propose that we begin and finish our sessions early so that we can take advantage of the warmer day time weather. Please indicate as to which days you will be attending.

Focus: Junior team trials are 44 days away. Implementing your race preparation plan for each workout is critical. It takes a person 2.5-3.0 hours to have the body effectively wake up. Planning backwards from the start of your session as to: When you wake up, eat breakfast, get ready, eat snacks, warm-up and feel prepared mentally, technically and physically are critical to feeling strong on the start line. While a race preparation plan is critical, remember that you may have to make adjustments to accommodate deficiencies that may come about as a result of training, school and other life events. These adaptations to planning are essential to becoming a versatile athlete and person. Recording how each session went mentally, technically and physically will be important in understanding your needs on race day. Effective training that simulates being fast, clean, confident and positive are important. However, equally impressive is how you handle those moments when you are not at your best.

Training Groups
I am not sure who will be attending, but why don’t we all show up as though we are in the first group. There is some work that needs to be done on the race course. I propose that while one group is training the other can do some work on the slalom course. There isn’t too much, but we can put some poles on the lower gates and fix a couple of gates.

Morning Session: Technique
Group 1: 9:00-10:15 am (changed, warmed up and ready to go for 9 am).
Group 2: 10:30-11:45 am (changed, warmed up and ready to go for 10:30 am).

Afternoon Session: Anaerobic Power
Group 1: 1:30-2:45 pm (changed, warmed up and ready to go for 9 am).
Group 2: 3:00-4:15 (changed, warmed up and ready to go for 9 am).

We will do a competition preparation session in between sessions from 12:00-1:00 (all groups) in the cook shelter.

I will post a session schedule below with groups and times TBA. It is your responsibility to check this blog and the Kananaskis River flow times prior the each training day. Trans Alta has indicated longer flow times, however, in the past they have made last minute changes.

Session Schedule:
Friday: Session 1: Technique Session 2: Anaerobic Power
Saturday: Session 1: Technique Session 2: Speed
Sunday: WSAA Slalom Race (competition preparation for team trials and race evaluation)
Monday: Session 1: Full Length Runs (competition simulation) Session 2: Technique

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Community Kayak Instructor (NCCP/AWA) Level 1 - Open Water

Chuck Lee is hosting an AWA instructor certification course in April. Please find all the information regarding the course below:

Community Kayak Instructor (NCCP/AWA) Level 1 - Open Water
April 21-22, 2007
Pincher Creek, Alberta
Contact: Chuck Lee at

If you plan on taking other certifications through the AWA, this is an excellent course to take as it is early in the season. For more information regarding AWA educational programming and instructional progressions, please visit the website at