2009 Presentation Topics

2009 WHITEWATER SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATION DESCRIPTIONS:

Friday October 2nd
9:00 am – 11:30 am – On – Water Session

ACA Swiftwater Instructor Update part 1- Presented by Charlie Walbridge

It’s About Time – Presented by Wayne Dickert
Working on stroke timing to improve efficiency of effort in the boat. We will be talking about successfully harnessing the dynamic forces that can help you be successful on the water.

Strategies for Setting Woman Students Up for Success in Whitewater Kayaking – Presented by Anna Levesque begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
In this talk Anna shares anecdotes from her thirteen plus years as a professional kayaker and instructor to teach strategies that help women face and move through their self-imposed limitations on the water. Whether it’s self-image, a fearfulness of the water or worry about failing. Anna provides strategies for shifting your focus toward the positive and away from the negative allowing you to feel more confident on the water. Women come away with a better understanding of themselves, a belief in their ability to succeed and tools for constructive communication with their male peers in the face of stressful or intimidating situations.

“Game on” – How to put fun back into your instruction using games and drills. – Presented by Janet Burnett Cowie
As paddlers and instructors, we are always looking for new ways to teach the same subject. Games and skill drills are an effective way to introduce and practice the paddling skills your students need on the river.
We will spend our time playing new games, reintroducing old games and developing our own games on-the-fly. We will also discuss incorporating games into the lesson and how to successfully facilitate the activity for true success. This seminar is designed for those who are truly kids at heart and love to be silly. We will be asking for your input on a favorite game or drill as well as gathering ideas for future games. Bring your rubber chickens and sponge Frisbees or whatever prop you use to teach and encage your students. These activities are not just for kids, adults enjoy them too. Game on!

9:00 am – 10:00 am – On-water session
Simplifying Mechanical Advantage: Focusing on Simplicity and Safety – Presented by Mike Mather

10:30 am – 11:30 am – On-water session
Using video Analysis to Improve Your Paddling – Presented by Bob Campbell begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Off-water session

River Conservation turning into restoration – Presented by Sam Drevo begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Come hear Sam talk about some of the largest dam removal projects in the NW. The Marmot dam demolition on the Sandy River, and the most recently the removal of Hemlock Dam on upper Trout Creek in Washington mark a new era in river restoration.

“It takes all types to make a healthy market, are you full service?. Teaching and selling River Running, playboating, creeking, and everything in between.” – Presented by Eric Jackson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

What’s New with the ACA? Required for ACA Update – Presented by Mike Aronoff

10:30 am- 11:30 am – Off -water session

The World Kayak Community- Presented by James McBeath
In 2007 World Kayak set out to identify where growth in participation can be improved. Our first conclusions came from observations found within our communities. This presentation highlights those observations and outlines programs that have been developed to improve our WW community’s exposure to non-paddling publics … and how we welcome those new kayakers into our midst.

Getting a Social Media Campaign Off the Ground – Presented by Blair Winans
So you’ve heard about using Twitter and Facebook to connect with your audience and build your brand, but where do you start? This tutorial will guide you through starting your first social media campaign and give you tips for keeping momentum, tracking results, and integrating with your existing marketing.

Panel Discussion: How does gear design help drive the sport of whitewater forward?

1:30 pm– 3:30 pm – On – water session

ACA Swiftwater Instructor Update, Part 2 – Presented by Charlie Walbridge

Dissecting a Rapid. Reading Water, Group Management and Beyond – Presented by Danny Mongno
Safety first, a message we have all heard but sometimes do not always take the time to listen to. Boaters from a novice level to intermediates looking to lead more trips should join Werner Paddles, Danny Mongno as he helps to dissect your next rapid. We will cover, scouting, communication, boat control skills and setting safety.

Teaching the Sweep Roll- Presented by Kent Ford begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
One progression that works for teaching the sweep roll. Optional practice and roll tune up follows presentation.

Freestyle Techniques – Presented by Emily Jackson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Self Rescue: Strainers and Aggressive Swims – Presented by Cody Harris
The most important tool any boater can have is his or her ability to self rescue. During this presentation we will work on aggressive swimming techniques and methods for confronting strainers. Presented by Cody Harris

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Off-water session

Panel Discussion: How can we help drive the image of whitewater in the mass media?

Bridging the Gap Between Instruction and Education – Presented by Rob Terry
This presentation will examine the work of key educational theorists including Bandura, Vygotsky, Dewey, and Gardener. We will discuss the ideas underpinning the work of these researchers and examine how their contributions to education can be applied to paddlesport instruction. Significant time will be made available for discussion, peer work, and questions.

Giving Back – making a difference on and off the water- Presented by Jesse Stone
The story of Soft Power Health’s work in the US teaching inner city kids to kayak and in Uganda doing healthcare work. Presented by Jesse Stone

3:00 pm- 4:00 pm – Off-water session

A Profitable International Kayak Trip for Your Kayak School- Presented by David Hughes
So, you want to lead an exotic international kayak trip. Except you lack the infrastructure of kayak gear, lodging, shuttles, and meals. In this presentation David Hughes will illustrate a profitable international trip to Pucon, Chile and provide answers to your logistics needs. This is a low-risk profitable opportunity for your kayak school.

Stand Up Paddling; Where it’s been, Where it’s Going and What it Means for Paddle Sports – Presented by Jimmy Blakeney

Following the Flow of your Passion: Teachings from the River on Creating Prosperity and Happiness in your Life – Presented by Anna Levesque begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
In this motivational talk and slide show Anna tells the story of her journey from being kitchen staff at a rafting company to the building of her company Girls at Play. Her passion for kayaking has not only inspired her to explore exotic rivers around the world, but also to explore the inner teachings of those rivers. Teachings that assist Anna in facing challenges and creating a joyful, passionate and prosperous life on and off the water. Using fun anecdotal stories from her experience as a world-class paddler, Anna challenges her audiences to bring the teachings of the river into their everyday life in a very transformational way. This talk inspires and helps audiences to take responsibility for their lives, to work through fears and to create more of the things they want in their lives. Anna reminds us that living the life you want is a lot like kayaking: It’s important to pay attention, look where you want to go, use gratitude to overpower your doubts and fear, build a supportive team, and when you flip over roll up and keep going!

Saturday October 3rd
9:00 am- 11:30 am – On-water session

ACA River Canoe and Kayak Instructor Update Part 1

Physical Conditioning & Skill Building to improve you paddling performance- Presented by Heather Herbeck
“Balance” by definition: a state of equilibrium. To improve your paddling performance and become the best paddler you can be, it is very important that you have balance, equilibrium.
There are 3 key ingredients needed to achieve this balance:
1. Physical Conditioning/Nutrition
2. Skill Building
3. Mental/Focus Training
This session will cover “paddling specific” conditioning programs, both on and off the water, as well as the appropriate steps to improve your specific kayaking skills. Walk away with a better understanding of how to train for improved performance in your kayak.

How to become & how to create a Self-Sufficient Paddler – presented by Jim Sullivan
Time for the chick to leave the nest. This course will focus on scouting, route selection and in-boat rescues. It also covers what happens if you need to switch to “plan B” while mid rapid. Self sufficiency also recognizes the need to be able to do some simple rescues on the fly, and we’ll show you some of our tricks for helping capsized paddlers and their equipment get back to shore quickly. We’ll also discuss some next steps for getting out and paddling on your own.

Fundamental Excellence- Presented by Wayne Dickert
This class is designed to help paddlers of all levels improve their proficiency on the water and improve efficiency of paddling strokes and skills.

9:00 am – 10:00 am Off -water session

American Whitewater River Stewardship National Update- Presented by Mark Singleton begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
A national review of AW projects and new rivers to paddle where flows have been restored or enhanced due to stewardship success. From new flows on rivers in California and Washington to new Wild and Scenic designation and dam removal projects, it’s been a busy couple of years for AW.

“Videography Summer High School Credit” offered by your Kayak School- Presented by David Hughes
Here is a creative camp option you can offer that will sustain multi-week teen campers. “Videography Summer High School Credit” or “Photography Summer High School Credit” is also utilized as a tool promoting your camps via student blogs. New River Academy extends academic credentials to help your kayak camp business prosper.

Case Histories: An Expert Witness’ View of Paddlesport Litigation- Presented by Charlie Walbridge
Charlie Walbridge has been an expert witness in over 40 paddlesport liability cases in the last 30 years. This has given him a unique view of the entire process; he has seen cases evolve and how different companies and lawyers respond to them. He’ll share his experience using a dozen case histories involving outfitters, liveries, schools, and landowners.

What it means to be a Paddlesport Ambassador- Presented by Emily Jackson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

10:30 am- 11:30 am – Off-water session

Inflating the Paddling Industry with IKs- Presented by Matt Taylor
Inflatable kayaks (and canoes) can greatly increase the public’s exposure to the fun of kayaking. But at some point they slid into the nether world between authentic kayaking and guided rafting. In fact, for many of us they were simply called ‘funyaks,’ suggesting no serious skills required nor experiences to be had. The truth couldn’t be farther from this lame stereotype: inflatable kayaks are both fun and serious water craft, and when enthusiastically integrated into a whitewater guiding and/or instruction program, IK’s offer that ‘missing link’ we keep looking for. The missing link is how we bridge people from a tourism experience to an enthusiast’s interest in kayaking. How do we get more of the public to both try and fall in love with whitewater paddling? Enthusiasts are dedicated (and a bit crazy) for much of their life, but most ‘tourists’ only see whitewater through rafting, and a good portion of them only once (“been there, done that”). Inflatable kayaks (and canoes) can be the next rafting experience for many people, and may offer a sound way to build enthusiasm for a lifetime of kayaking. This session will explore the issues underlying an expansion of IK programming, and hopes to gather feedback and interest for an ongoing industry discussion about IK’s.

Social and New Media in Paddlesports – Presented by Joe Jacobi begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting and Eugene Buchanan

Retail Staff Training-Empower your Employees – Presented by Danny Mongno
In today’s market your customer is more interested in investing in products they see value in. However to provide true value your staff needs better product knowledge and expertise in their field. Join Werner Paddles, Danny Mongno as he shows you the key elements in getting your staff educated and ready to provide a better shop experience and close sales.

Simplifying Mechanical Advantage: Focusing on Simplicity and Safety. – Presented By Mike Mather

1:30 pm- 3:30 pm – On-water session

ACA River Canoe and Kayak Instructor Update Part 2

Learn to Achieve Your own Personal Paddling Goals – presented by Eric Jackson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Creek Techniques – Presented by Dave Fusilli
This will be an on water clinic demonstrating all the essentials that are needed to become a solid knowledgeable creek boater. Better your boof stroke and learn what to look for while scouting. Also realize the importance of having a good group out there on your favorite creek.

Slalom Survivor- Presented by Joe Jacobi begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting and Bob Campbell begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
An instructional game created by Gold Medal Connections for recreational paddlers and kayaking students looking to improve their river skills through a competitive and fun diversion. Every four years, the Olympic Games showcase whitewater paddling to a world-wide audience of millions. While slalom technique and boat designs might seem in distinct contrast to those known to the average whitewater paddler, hidden within this practice is the pursuit of precision with a direct application to EVERY kind of kayaking.

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – On-water session
Stand Up Paddle River Run Experience Required ( Max 4)- Presented by Jimmy Blakeney

1:30 pm- 2:30 pm – Off – Water Session

Shop Teams: How They Benefit the Big Picture – Presented by Team Z

Team River Runner – Adaptive Kayaking: What Works and What Doesn’t in Adaptive Kayaking. – Presented by Joe Mornini, Sam Drevo begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting and Kim Johnson
What we’ve learned in 5 years of teaching wounded vets to kayak. Be inspired by the stories of disabled vets who are now kayaking Grand Canyon and teaching boating. Hear about TRR local chapter activities, trips to Grand Canyon, Costa Rica, & and opportunities for teaching, volunteering in 2010.

Panel Discussion: Whitewater for credit? Credit versus non-credit college/university programs – Presented by Glenna and Earl Alderson

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm – On-water session
Rescue Rodeo & Skills Challenge w/Kent Ford, Cody Harris, Mike Mather.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – Off-water session
Service Learning – presented by Kris Capps and David Hughes
Want to get youth interested in running rivers? Start by teaching water safety. Pull in community partners. Service learning is a proven strategy that not only helps your business, it helps your community. Kris Capps made it work at Denali Park, Alaska, with the national award-winning Denali Water Safety Program, then saw the program spread to eight states through Safe Kids Worldwide. She has also helped create the new Denali Leadership and Outdoor Adventure Program, a service learning program spearheaded by high schoolers. (funded entirely by Denali National Park, Bank of America and service learning grants) Join Kris and David Hughes for this fresh look at service learning, what it is, and how to make it work for you.

“The Kayaking Mindset”- Learning How to Focus and Concentrate – Presented by Heather Herbeck
In this session, you will learn how to improve your focus and transform your mindset. Mental Conditioning is just as important as learning and practicing the skills needed to successfully get you down the river. Learn how to incorporate a mental conditioning program into your regular, daily routine and see your kayaking and your focus evolve.

World Kayak Education – The New Discussion – Presented by James McBeath
World Kayak feels that education is the front lines of any growth success. As a result, WK has developed a new ‘best practice’ means of continually improving instructional delivery. Using social media and basing theory on current best practice, WK hosts an ongoing ‘conversation’ on how to best deliver whitewater education. Spanning the classic curriculums and including new curriculums (playboating and creeking etc.) WK offers instructors and schools a means to continually be at the cutting edge and a place in the discussion… influencing the continual evolution of our teaching methods and standards programs that support instructors, schools, clubs, camps and more.

Sunday October 4th
9:00 am – 11:30 am – On-water session

Learn to Achieve Your own Personal Paddling Goals – presented by Eric Jackson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Stand Up Paddle On Water Demo/Instruction- Presented by Jimmy Blakeney
Get on the water and try the sport for yourself with paddler/surfer Jimmy Blakeney. An on-water presentation and demonstration to get your feet wet. Also limited space to sign up for a downriver paddle down Zoar Gap or Fife Brook section of the Deerfield (paddling experience required

Teaching Kids Kayaking- Presented by Emily Jackson begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Fine Tune Your Rolling Repertoire and Share Some of Your Tricks to Teach Rolling- Presented by Jim Sullivan

Strategies for Setting Woman Students Up for Success in Whitewater Kayaking – Presented by Anna Levesque begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
In this talk Anna shares anecdotes from her thirteen plus years as a professional kayaker and instructor to teach strategies that help women face and move through their self-imposed limitations on the water. Whether it’s self-image, a fearfulness of the water or worry about failing. Anna provides strategies for shifting your focus toward the positive and away from the negative allowing you to feel more confident on the water. Women come away with a better understanding of themselves, a belief in their ability to succeed and tools for constructive communication with their male peers in the face of stressful or intimidating situations.

9:00 am – 10:00 am – Off-water session
Opening the Door to new Paddlers – Where do They Come From and How do We Welcome them In? – Presented by Risa Shimoda

Physical Conditioning & Skill Building to improve you paddling performance- Presented by Heather Herbeck
“Balance” by definition: a state of equilibrium. To improve your paddling performance and become the best paddler you can be, it is very important that you have balance, equilibrium.
There are 3 key ingredients needed to achieve this balance:
1. Physical Conditioning/Nutrition
2. Skill Building
3. Mental/Focus Training
This session will cover “paddling specific” conditioning programs, both on and off the water, as well as the appropriate steps to improve your specific kayaking skills. Walk away with a better understanding of how to train for improved performance in your kayak.

Panel Discussion: Which paddling clubs are thriving and why? – Presented by Kent Ford begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
A look at what the thriving clubs are doing across the country. Including how they are bringing paddlers into the sport, and keeping existing (and past) paddlers in the loop.

10:30 am – 11:30 am – Off-water session

Social and New Media in Paddlesports -Presented by Joe Jacobi begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting and Eugene Buchanan

Panel Discussion: Why do some events take off while others fizzle? -Presented by Ben VanCamp

1:30 pm – 3:30 pm – On-water session

It’s About Time – Presented by Wayne Dickert
Working on stroke timing to improve efficiency of effort in the boat. We will be talking about successfully harnessing the dynamic forces that can help you be successful on the water.

World Kayak Hometown Throw Down – presented by World Kayak
The Hometown Throwdown series is designed to provide more opportunities for paddling communities to stay engaged in the sport and to have goals to work towards. The WK HTTD’s are designed to be quick and easy to run with minimal set up. Often times you will see a HTTD after a work day during the week! Events are followed up with a simple write up and photos at www.worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown , in order to facilitate the opportunity for participants to engage non boaters. All prizes are given away based on participation not performance.

Paddling the Zoar Gap for Fun and Accuracy – Presented by Sam Drevo begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

Trickle-down teaching. Teaching paddlesport concepts from the big picture to the detail- Presented by Janet Burnett Cowie

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – On-water session

Backwards Paddling for Forward Perfection

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm – Off-water session

Retail Staff Training-Empower your Employees – Presented by Danny Mongno
In today’s market your customer is more interested in investing in products they see value in. However to provide true value your staff needs better product knowledge and expertise in their field. Join Werner Paddles, Danny Mongno as he shows you the key elements in getting your staff educated and ready to provide a better shop experience and close sales.

Fostering Humility: A look at Decision Making Traps- Presented by Cody Harris
Every paddler, either experienced or new to the sport, faces the same question—“should I be on the water today?” Thankfully, the answer is usually, “yes.” However, there are occasions where this is not the case. During this presentation we will take a look at decision making traps, and by doing so, provide ourselves and our students with an better understanding of our role on the river.

PR in Paddle Sports – Presented by Eugene Buchanan

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm – On-water session

Canoe Strokes for Surfing- Presented by Kent Ford begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm Off-water session

Panel Discussion: What are kids looking for in whitewater paddling? How do we nurture their enthusiasm, teach them to control their fears and build lifelong paddlers?

What’s New with the ACA? Required for ACA Update- Presented by Mike Aronoff

Whitewater Courses & Parks – Presented by Risa Shimoda and Bob Campbell begin_of_the_skype_highlighting     end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Whitewater Parks now demand chapters in guidebooks and host events that have installed tradition. What have they accomplished? Where have they failed? What have we learned and what do new parks feature that’s different than those built ten years ago? Image tour of whitewater parks worldwide and the features that make them sustainable.