Saturday, March 26, 2011

Maharaja exhibit at the AGO

The Maharaja exhibit was a fascinating insight into a part of Indian culture and history. It provides a glimpse into the Royal Courts of India. Some 200 incredible works of art are on display created for India's kings and include paintings, furniture, arts and jewelry. If you are in Toronto it is worth dropping by before it closes in April.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Greenland Paddling - Preliminary practice for the roll

Working on getting body positioning correct - shoulders flat in water, perpendicular to kayak.

Practicing with float on either side of paddle

Derrick putting all the skills together

We had a great opportunity to practice some Greenland paddling techniques strokes, braces and the roll. The pool was the ideal environment especially at this time of year. Neil Burgess shared some concepts he picked up last summer and walked us through some practical drills to get the feel for lining up perpendicular to the kayak, letting your go with the paddle, head control and body position in the water. In this session we paired up and worked through some practice drills, focusing in large part in developing the kinesthetic awareness to lie on the surface with your kayak on edge. For example - it always seems to me my body is in the position I want, but there is always tweaking to be done and that is where a partner and instructor were invaluable. Greenland paddling gained a few more converts - we may have enough for an official NL Greenland paddling chapter.
Video to come.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Tranportation Canada and Kayaks

The section below is taken directly from Transport Canada's website:

Attention Boaters There are Changes in Applying for a Pleasure Craft Licence Did you know that any pleasure craft powered by a motor over 10 hp (7.5 kW) must have a valid licence? A pleasure craft licence allows search and rescue personnel and other agencies to quickly identify your boat in the event of an emergency.

As of November 1, 2010, to get your free pleasure craft licence, you must mail the following documents to the Pleasure Craft Licensing Centre:

1.a completed application form;
2.proof of vessel ownership; and
3.a signed copy of a valid piece of government-issued identification. (Further information is available on the form.)
Application forms are available for download or for pickup in person through your local Service Canada Centre. For Service Canada locations, visit

You must carry a copy of your Pleasure Craft Licence on board.

This new policy sparked considerable discussion among paddlers, since according to the definition provided - kayakers would meet the criteria.Thank goodness for some common sense.
It now appears there was a misunderstanding - see article below.