Seit einiger Zeit bin ich im Kontakt mit Rolf Kraiker aus Kanada.
Die meisten von Euch kennen sicher seine Youtube Videos über Canoe Control, die unter anderem für mich zur Entdeckung des Canadian Style Paddelns führten sowie seinen Tourenfilm "Paddle to be free".
Gemeinsam mit Dough Gifford hat er das CRCA Currikulum für Classic Canoeing entwickelt.
Rolf kommt in diesem Frühjahr nach Deutschland und wird uns beim Kringelfieber besuchen und dort auch zwei Workshops anbieten. Ich freue mich ganz besonders auf diese Gelegenheit mal wieder über den Tellerrand zu schauen und etwas über das Paddeln wie es in Kanada gelehrt und praktiziert wird zu lernen.
Hier mal noch ein paar Infos in Englisch, für die Workshops werden wir aber sicher auch eine Möglichkeit zur Übersetzung finden.
Rolf Kraiker biography
Rolf is a highly qualified canoeist who has paddled extensively through out
Canada as well as international destinations. He has done extended trips in
the arctic, taught canoeing at all levels for many years. As the technical
advisor for the Ontario branch of the Canadian Recreational Canoeing
Association (CRCA) he helped develop many of the instructional materials
used in developing programs. He is a former Master Canoeing Instructor with
CRCA. In addition, he's a frequently published photographer who's work has
appeared in many books and magazines. He has also produced several nature
films that have appeared on the Discovery Channel and elsewhere.
Session - Paddle Smart, Not Hard
This session is intended to provide participants with pointers on how to
reduce effort in paddling and gain better control over a canoe. There are
some practical applications of mechanical principles that can be applied to
paddling that makes turning easier, handling a canoe in the wind, steering
in a straight line or making precise turns that can greatly improve the
enjoyment in paddling. There will be some dry land discussion exploring the
mechanics of paddling followed by practical application in the water. The
content of this session is geared mainly towards providing intermediate or
beginner paddlers with techniques to improve their enjoyment in paddling
but even more advanced paddlers will gain insight into improving their
technique. Here is a quote from an experienced paddling guide from Maine
USA after viewing one of Rolf's instructional videos...
"I've been canoeing for years, I'm a registered Maine guide. Thought I had
a pretty good handle on handling a canoe. Wow, do I have much to learn.
That was graceful. Amazing. I can put a canoe where I want it but I'd look
like a bull in comparison."
No matter what your level of expertise, this session will provide useful
tools and techniques to improve your paddling.
Session - Teaching Canadian Style Paddling
There is a long tradition of teaching ultimate control of a canoe
throughout the history of the province of Ontario, Canada. The evolution of
this has resulted in a process to teach, demonstrate and measure the actual
competence of student instructors to ensure they can perform all the key
components required to maintain complete control of a canoe, no matter what
the circumstances are. That element was determined a key component in being
able to transfer skills from one generation of instructors to the next
generation. The critical performance criteria is, "I can put the canoe
where ever I want it to go." but in practice that's hard to measure without
the unbiased tools to accomplish the task. Rolf Kraiker was instrumental in
developing an on-water course that would allow participating instructor
students to evaluate their own on-water performance, allow dock-side
instructors to watch, accurately evaluate a student's performance and
provide useful feedback and ultimately provide a tool that would let
evaluators measure a student's actual on-water demonstration of skill
without bias. This session is intended to provide either students who want
to improve their own skills or instructors who want an easy-to-use and
unbiased tool for their students a path to better their paddling skills.