Updates on Pro Purchase Program, New Instructor Mentorship, Incidents on the water, submit your member news, certificates of insurance, rates and ratios and more… all in Instructor Newsletter.
Summary: Reporting to the Executive Director, the Executive Assistant supports the Paddle Canada team in a variety of administrative duties, provides service to Paddle Canada members by answering inquiries about programs, memberships, policies, insurance and partnerships, and assists with outreach through event planning, participation at trade shows, making presentations to industry and government partners when required, and general promotion of Paddle Canada initiatives.
Interested candidates are invited to apply now until April 26. See full Job Description and Application Process
Paddle Canada is pleased to update you on the major changes to the Instructor Trainer (IT) training process which affects both new and existing IT candidates. If you are considering starting an apprenticeship or already part-way through an apprenticeship, please read carefully as there are changes that will affect you. All existing ITs also need to be aware of the updated process so they can correctly advise their apprentices.
New IT Application Process
Instructors who wish to become Instructor Trainer must now compete an application form which can be found here: //www.paddlecanada.com/instructor-trainer-development-application-form/ This will ensure that the proper prerequisites have been completed before apprenticeship begins, and will provide necessary statistics to illuminate successes and bottlenecks in the overall process.
Once the application has been received and entered into the database, candidates will be sent a welcome package with information regarding the next steps of the process, access to the mentor of hire list, expectations of the mentor and apprentice, evaluation criteria, etc.
IMPORTANT: This application process is mandatory for both new IT candidates as well as those currently taking part in an existing IT apprenticeship. Just like any instructor course, IT training must be sanctioned before started, and that process starts with the online application. This is a mandatory step and will be strictly enforced.
Pre-mentorship Training Module
To increase the level of training and resources Paddle Canada has developed a new online training module for all new and existing IT candidates.
When the assigned readings and homework assignments have been completed, the candidate will move to the final stage which is working with IT mentor(s) to apprentice on the required number of instructor courses.
IMPORTANT: The new training module is a mandatory step that all candidates (including existing) MUST complete before the traditional apprenticeship can start (or continue, in the case of IT candidates partway through the apprenticeship process). It will take time to complete it so it’s important to plan well ahead and allow time for this important training stage. We suggest that prospective IT candidates allow approximately 5-6 weeks between application and first mentorship but this can vary greatly depending on the speed of completion of the online training module.
New Mentor for Hire List
Instructor Trainers who are available for mentorship opportunities can get their name added to the new IT for Hire List.
Instructor Trainer Learning Outcomes & Assessment Benchmarks
The development of the new Instructor Training Learning Outcomes is in it’s final stage and we anticipate being able to release a draft copy to Instructor Trainers in approximately two weeks.
These changes will enhance the level of learning received by the apprentice, standardize the training of IT apprentices and provide greater guidance for IT mentors.
Any IT mentor scheduled to do an assessment before that time should contact their PDC for more information.
CKC Courses for the 2017 Season
CKC Kayak Instructor Level 1 Lakewater: June 3/4 (Sunday Evaluation)
CKC Kayak Leader & Instructor Level 2 River: June 5-9 (Wednesday Eval for Leader 2, Friday Eval for Instructor 2)
CKC Kayak Leader & Instructor Level 3 Whitewater: June 19-23 (Wednesday Eval for Leader 3, Friday Eval for Instructor 3)
For Further information on these courses:
1. Public Website
Paddle Canada is excited about the launch of a new website last month www.paddlecanada.com. We hope you and the public course participants find it easier to navigate and access info. Some improvements were:
- Consolidated Program Description pages with all levels on one page. Simply click on the tabs in the main table.
- Consolidated Instructor Resources page with a new Business Services page added with insurance and legal programs available for your business. PC has negotiated these programs at below market rates on your behalf, so please take advantage of them.
- Login page for members and skill participants to view their certifications is available right from the top menu.
2. Members Website & Login / Password Resets
There are still known issues with the new site and we continue to take your feedback as you use your accounts and work with the web team on fixes and updates. Thank you for your patience.
- For password resets: Please click on Forgot Password and input your email. – currently it says Send New Password, but what is sent is a password reset link in an email. The text will be updated soon on this.
- When you receive the email, please click on the link to reset their password. The password must satisfy the following:
- Must be at least 8 characters long
- Contain 1 upper case letter
- Contain 1 lower case letter
- Contain 1 number
- Contain 1 special character
- As long as those two passwords on that page are the same and satisfy those 5 requirements listed above, the change password functionality works.
3. Member Pro Purchase Program
We are waiting for this page to be posted under your Instructor Services menu. In the meantime if you have specific programs from companies you would like to access please email the office at [email protected].
4. Clinic Registration
The reporting feature for clinics is temporarily unavailable. In the meantime, please continue to register and run your clinics (selecting the Clinic box) and we will notify you when system is ready for reporting numbers and paying your $5 fees.
5. Instructor For Hire List (Why is My Name Not Showing?)
If you are not showing up on the For Hire page make sure that:
- You have renewed your membership for 2017
- Check in the Edit My Profile that ‘Show This Publicly’ (under your signature – don’t forget to upload that too) is turned ON and ‘Show On Instructor For Hire’ is turned ON (under First Aid info).
- We continue to work on better ways for the For Hire lists to display better. Expect improvements over time.
6. Verify Your Course Start Dates
In a few cases during the migration of the course data from the old to the new site, some start dates were moved ahead by one calendar day. Please double check all your previously registered courses made on the old paddlebuzz.ca site for 2017. To make any updates to dates, click on the course name to view details, then update the dates as necessary, and finally click SAVE at the bottom of page.
7. First Aid and CPR
These fields are now mandatory. If dates have expired, then the system will prevent you from registering or reporting courses. We know this is causing frustration in administering your future and current courses. We also realize some of you with expired certs, are booked into upcoming recert courses. In this case, please go in and adjust the expiry dates accordingly (3 years from your next first aid course date would be our suggestion – you can always update it later too). The onus is on you to have valid First Aid and CPR before teaching.
8. Certification Cards
Any newly registered courses on the new site will have digital certifications available for your participants to login and view or download as PDF’s. These certifications are autofilled for you by the PC system. A few things need to be in place for this to happen:
- A valid email needs to be provided for each participant so the system can contact them with their notice and login information.
- Your signature needs to be uploaded to your instructor account (in the Edit My Profile). This will be the one displayed on the participants certifications.
Any courses previously registered on the old Paddlebuzz.ca site will unfortunately not have this certification feature available. Paper copies will need to be handed out in these cases. Fillable PDF files will be available soon for download on the Instructor Services – Instructor Resources area.
Paddle Canada Office Team
Intermediate and Advanced Moving Water and Lake Canoe
Friday May 12 (6:00 p.m.) – Sunday May 14, 2017 (done by 2:00 p.m.)
A spring paddling clinic to share ideas, refresh skills and teaching techniques and continue to grow our sport.
Who is this for?
Any currently certified Paddle Canada Moving Water at the Intermediate or Advanced level, as well as Lake Canoe Instructors of all levels.
Why join us?
The paddling instructional community is widespread and all too often we do not have the chance to paddle with and learn from other instructors. Coming together allows us to benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience. We will review any changes to PC policies and teaching philosophies, and more importantly get out and paddle and teach each other. Some neat topics we will also cover include using video analysis to give feedback in your lessons, as well as covering the concepts of a learning contract, and how to incorporate experiential learning into your lessons. If you are interested in attending, please also feel free to contact us with topics you’d like to discuss or practice.
Gull River, Minden, Ontario
The Gull is a fantastic venue as it has a large flat water lake section immediately after the run out of the rapids, which range from class I to III. This allows for quick transitions and opportunities for both Lake and Moving Water instructors to be at the same location.
This location is less than 2.5 hours from Toronto and 3.5 hours from Ottawa. There is camping available riverside, but no indoor accommodations. We will be using an indoor, heated space for any classroom sessions. The town of Minden is close by and has a number of hotels/motels/B&Bs.
Please bring your lunches or food to prepare them with each day and be ready to be on the water for extended periods of time regardless of the weather.
Stef McArdle: Advanced instructor trainer in Moving Water, intermediate instructor trainer in Lake Canoe, former Head Instructor at Madawaska Kanu Centre, expedition canoe tripping guide with Black Feather, and owner operator of S and K Expeditions in Northern British Columbia, 14 years of instructional experience.
Matt Cuccaro: Advanced instructor trainer in Moving Water, member of the Canadian freestyle team, college instructor with the Algonquin College Outdoor Adventure Program, 25 years experience in providing instruction and instructor training.
Jill Baxter: Advanced instructor trainer in Lake Canoe and Canoe Tripping, owner operator of Bear Creek Outdoor Center and Canadian Wilderness Medical Training, 25 plus years of guiding and instructional experience.
$250/person ($100 deposit upon registration to hold your spot).
For more information contact Stef McArdle (613) 914-4889, Matt Cuccaro (613) 281-5455, or Jill Baxter (613)889-7262, [email protected] or to register visit www.bearcreekoutdoor.com. Upon registration you will receive additional information regarding the site, logistics and timing.