Athena Grandjambe, front, and Cheryl Greenland, back, paddle their canoes during a instructor training course on Boot Lake on Aug 7. They received certification as paddling instructors under Paddle Canada. - Samantha Stokell/NNSL photo
NWT Recreation and Parks Association sponsored a canoe training course this summer. "One great feature of the course is that two paddlers will be trained to become teacher trainers," said Wendy Lahey, the association's training manager. "What we're trying to do is build capacity for canoe trips with youth." By having paddling instructors in the communities, there will be more training opportunities and local paddlers won't have to wait for southern instructors to travel North. Lahey hopes communities will then take the time to organize multi-day trips.
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