Tuesday, October 2, 2012

My first lead

Saturday night's moonlight paddle was a Kayak Newfoundland and Labrador club paddle.  It was the first club paddle I have led.  It was an interesting experience.

In one sense I felt awkward because there were two more vastly experienced paddlers in the group; I wondered if I'd run the paddle appropriately under their scrutiny.  On the other hand, I knew I had excellent back up.

The trip was successful as there were no incidents and everyone got back safely. Nevertheless, I did some self assessment and decided I could have done things differently or better.  For example, I should have delegated collection of waivers and identified sweeps beforehand rather than decide on the water.

Overall, it was a good experience and if the club would let me lead another next year I'll come up with another interesting paddle destination.  I have benefited from attending club paddles when I was a newbie so I see it as my turn to give back.


  1. Thanks Mia. Some people who have led paddles for years are not doing it anymore so we need to get others involved.

    Tony :-)