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Scenes from the Big Canoe Training, July 2019

On the weekend of July 13-14, 2019, David Wooldridge of Ridge Wilderness Adventures led NBBC canoeists in the Big Canoe Skipper curriculum that he developed. The Langley canoes and this training were purchased with funds from NBBC’s GCEF grant. The boats have already proved invaluable for NBBC’s mission-critical public and educational programming. And the trip leaders and canoe volunteers who participated are eager to pass along the knowledge from this training to other NBBC member-volunteers.

 

Come see the Langley canoes in action at our 2019 Public Paddle series!

And check out other great trips and events in the Paddle Gallery and Events Calendar.

Celebrating the 2018 Level 2 Canoe Class

Canoe training at Lake Sebago

Member paddle trips on the waterways of New York City are the invaluable reward that NBBC members get for their part in furthering our mission of advocacy for and enabling access to the waters for the NYC community. But we always hope that members will become member-volunteers and that those will in turn become trip leaders and the next cohort actively involved in bringing new people out on the water and showing New Yorkers that the waters belong to no one — and so belong to all of us.

And so it’s always great news when a group of members take the first step to becoming trip leaders: passing their Level 2 for canoe or kayak paddling. From here to Official Paddler status to trip leader: that’s the path we hope NBBC members discover and paddle down.

L2 Canoe training at Lake Sebago

And it’s for this reason that we have a culture of learning and teaching. Member trips are always skills workshops, always another chance to sharpen paddling techniques, to understand the tidal currents of our estuary, and to learn of the deep connections we all have with the waters that surround us.

The 2018 L2 Canoe Class at Lake Sebago

At our Lake Sebago cabin this past weekend, six more NBBC members passed their Level 2 tests, this time in canoe paddling. In the words of their instructor, NBBC OP (original paddler!) Jens Rasmussen, “This may be one of the strongest groups we’ve had yet — a testament to our growing canoe culture and mentorship.”

So we want to thank Jens and congratulate our new Level 2 canoeists — with the hope that all NBBC members will move along the road toward becoming more skilled, more connected, and more able to pass that knowledge along to the next group to discover our home waters.

The 2018 Level 2 Canoe class fueling up.

And thankfully there was enough food when the long days were done!