My main focus has been working on the website upgrades, but there is more going on as we quickly get approach paddling and teaching season!
I’m happy to say that Alan Thomson has been doing significant work done on the draft for the Big Canoe course upgrade. This has been talked about for years. We hope to send a draft to all Big Canoe Instructors by the end of March for their input.
I’m going to propose a few changes for our course policies, which people should think about:
- A website based, mandatory registration and advertising only for instructor level courses. Instructor Trainers would have to register a course, get a ‘ticket’ and would need the ticket in order to enter any new certification.
- A mentoring system, also assisted by our website, which would ask instructors who advertise courses on our website to choose a yes/no mentoring option. This would display whether they are open to mentoring people wishing to become instructors, or co-teaching for their instructor trainer certification.
These are just ideas at this stage and need discussion.
The IAGM at Hope will include an update on the website (unless this gets shifted to another part of the Paddle Conference) and information on the potential new insurance policy.
The main part of the IAGM will focus on discussion of ideas for upgrades to RCABC programs and policies. I will come with a number of proposed changes and ideas that I’ve gathered over the years and people will divide into workgroups and brainstorm pros/cons and we’ll record them and review them briefly.
Cheers and happy paddling!