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    Paulo Ouellet
    Adventurer
    @paulo

    Here is my attempt at refining. It’s not writen in stone so any ideas, especially in the vibe section, would be greatly appreciated.

    What

    I’m creating a course to teach sea kayaking as a unique sport that uses a more natural and easier on the body way to move.

    Who

    It is for 45 plus years old non athletic nature lovers whose kids are grown up and moved out. They are using sea kayak adventure with friends as a way to deepen their connection with nature and for personal growth.

    Why

    It pains me to see kayakers learn unpractical and hard on the joints techniques that leaves them feeling like they can never be confident on the water.

    The new way will inspire them to develop the skills they need to feel at home on the water in little time.

    How

    I will give you a video demonstration of a skill, with exercises to practice on the water, and a checklist to print out and take with you. When you come back you can review the troubleshooting videos and take a quiz to make sure you have the lesson integrated before moving on.
    Vibe

    Using a map and compass you will take a sea kayak adventure to various islands to discover the secret treasure of wisdom.

    Along the way you will encounter many unexpected but realistic challenges and learn to deal with them so that you develop the confidence and experience to plan your own dream trip into the wild.
    Transformation

    You will feel like the kayak is your legs that allows you to travel on the water with agility and elegance to give you peace of mind, and the confidence to go on the adventure of a lifetime. And use the forces of nature to help you.

    #33854

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    I’m liking V1 of your course Paulo. Well done.

    I’d love to see you expand upon this:

    I’m creating a course to teach sea kayaking as a unique sport that uses a more natural and easier on the body way to move.

    How do you do that?

    How many techniques will you teach?

    What are the techniques you’ll be teaching them?

    What do they need in order to participate in your course?

    What are most people teaching out there about sea kayaking techniques and how are yours’ different?

    How do most people kayak and how is it hurting their body?

    Do you have examples online of poor technique vs good technique?

    Hope these help you dig in even more.

    Love the idea of the map   😉

    I can tell you’re having fun with this.

    Keep it up!

    #33943

    Paulo Ouellet
    Adventurer
    @paulo

    I’d love to see you expand upon this:

    I’m creating a course to teach sea kayaking as a unique sport that uses a more natural and easier on the body way to move.

    How do you do that?

    You will learn how to adjust the fit of your kayak to allow your hips to move in a natural way. By making use of your biggest muscles to power your strokes you can go faster with less effort and keep paddling longer. You can maneuver with grace and ease, and brace quicker. And do it all while taking the pressure off your upper body. You will learn to use a paddle that puts less stress on your joints, and is smoother and more enjoyable to use. You will learn to be more efficient by moving less water. You will develop greater awareness of the natural forces that can help you. Use the water for support when bracing and rolling. Use the waves to give you support. Work with the wind and currents to help you move instead of fighting with it.

    How many techniques will you teach?

    50 or so

    What are the techniques you’ll be teaching them?

    Forward stroke

    • Use stronger muscles
    • Avoid wasting your energy moving water
    • Use the wave to push you when going downwind
    • Transfer the energy of the wave to help you get more distance with every stroke

    Edging

    • Get comfortable edging and paddle at the same time
    • Get comfortable turning while edging
    • Edge and move your body forward and back

    Bracing

    • Develop a feel for how the waves affect your kayak and paddle
    • Use a low brace when the waves a crashing over you
    • Use a high brace to stop a capsize or rest on the water
    • Advanced body movements that will make your bracing stronger and set you up for learning to roll
    • Paddle in a way that gives you a quick brace if you need it

    Sculling

    • Learn to move your paddle through the water quickly
    • Learn to get support from your paddle while it’s in the water

    Turning

    • Sweep stroke
    • Stern rudder
    • Stern draw
    • Moving sideways either while moving or for a stop position

    Learning to feel how the wind is affecting your kayak, and use it to help you turn or control your direction

    Learn to use your skeg and rudder properly, and when to avoid using it

    Navigation

    • Learn to use a map and compass to get to your destination
    • Learn to navigate in a thick fog
    • Learn to find your location if you are lost

    Currents

    • Learn to use the currents to save you energy
    • Learn how the currents affect your kayak so you can be proactive, and avoid getting pushed around
    • Anticipate how rough the water will be by looking at the currents and wind forecast

    Camping

    • Tips to make staying outside more comfortable
    • Cooking tips
    • Gear tips
    • How to plan to make sure you have all you need
    • How to pack your kayak for a trip

    Rescues

    • Learn to do a self rescue
    • Learn to get someone else back in their kayak
    • Learn to do a contact tow, and a simple tow with a tow line

    What do they need in order to participate in your course?

    Access to a kayak and the desire to learn

    What are most people teaching out there about sea kayaking techniques and how are yours’ different?

    Most instructors teach sea kayaking the same way as river kayaking, or the olympic slalom type. I see it as a completely different sport. On a river you may want to smash the water down to avoid hitting a rock. At sea you can use the water to support you. On a river you may have to use force to pull your kayak out of a hydraulic hole, so your hips need to be tight. On the ocean you can loosen up your hips and use all that power to go faster, further with less effort. With less cramping and more comfort. You can use that hip rotation for more flexibility and agility and just float on the surface of the water. Instead of having the kayak push you under and having to fight against that tendency. Most teach bracing as a reactive stroke for when you are out of balance, I teach how to be proactive and use the power of the wave for support. And even use the wave to add power to your forward stroke. Bracing is a full body movement, not just upper body strength. Using the whole body allows older weaker paddlers to keep up to the faster ones, and allows them to keep paddling for longer. And you just feel more agile. You are not someone sitting in a boat. The kayak is like your legs that allow you to travel on the water. I want to put more emphasis on awareness of the surrounding and using it to make your experience more pleasant, and also make it easier. Make it more like a way to develop presence and awareness.

    How do most people kayak and how is it hurting their body?

    Big blade puts stress on the arms and shoulders. The push down upper body braces put a lot of stress on the shoulders, and causes injury. And they are not very effective to keep you upright anyways. The slender blade of the Greenland paddle gives you a smoother transition. And using your whole body to move and brace makes it effortless. Using finesse instead of strength.

    Do you have examples online of poor technique vs good technique?

    I’m thinking of making it more like a new category of sea kayaking. A more natural way to kayak for those wanting to use less energy and feel more connected. Not so much about good vs bad but more about a more relaxing way.

    I’m playing with the idea of starting with an optin page and a walk in the park and weekend trek. And maybe even creating most of the course this way, and tying it together later to create a certification course. This would be the first of several certification courses I could create. As you can see from the outline above this is going to be a massive project.

    #33968

    Bradley Morris
    Mountain Guide
    @bradleytmorris

    Yes sir, there is a lot here. This is awesome though. Tons that you have to draw from. Better get in front of that camera and practicing, cuz you’ll be at Camp Medias before you know it! I think this is great.

    If you haven’t yet, definitely head up to Creatora Heights (checkpoint 5) and start laying out your lesson plans!

    Great job Paulo. Exciting to see this coming together for you.

    #34003

    Paulo Ouellet
    Adventurer
    @paulo

    I’m working on a rough outline for the whole course, but then will focus on the first checkpoint. Make some of it free to give people a taste, and then sell the rest and see how it is received. It will give me a chance to test the theme, and play with all that new technology I acquired. And get me to launch summit a lot quicker. If it works I will go through the process for the rest of the course. The theme is something that I still need to develop, and the naming is a challenge for me.

    Thanks for all the help,

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