For those coaches amongst us, we all love sharing our enthusiasm for the sport and seeing our students pick up the skills we teach them. But when was the last time you thought about the evidence that backs up the way we coach?
As a full-time secondary school teacher, I’m always being pestered about the importance of ‘evidence-based practice’ and cognitive science. That is, making sure that the way we teach is backed up by plenty of proof that it works. But if we want to help train solid paddlers (in addition to ensuring people enjoy the sport of course), surely this is something we should be thinking about as coaches? To save you the trouble of trawling through endless pages of research, I’m going to walk you through some of the main evidence-based ideas in teaching and how I take them from the classroom to the river. In this article, I’ll be looking at how we can help paddlers to build schemas.
Here I break down some tips and tricks for learning the “Lean Boof” or “Ear Dip” style of boofing your whitewater kayak. If you don’t know how to boof yet, then look back at my video on ‘How to Boof’ as a precursor to this video. Please feel free to like, comment, and share with me your thoughts on my advice and what tricks you would like to see next.
Adrian Mattern has 9 tips to make your drysuit last longer.
I have been abusing drysuits for so many years now that I figured out a few key points which- if you take SOME care about, will maximize the lifetime of your drysuit by a lot! I have realized that just by taking a few caretaking steps there is absolutely no need to get a new drysuit every single season or so.
This week I break down the techniques and some of the myths behind the back deck roll. I hope this helps you get your first back deck roll, or better your kick-flip or airscrew. Please subscribe for all the upcoming tips and tricks and comments with the videos and tips you would like to see in the future.
The loop, is a front flip in a kayak, and is one of the most fun tricks you can do in a kayak. Nick Troutman breaks down the techniques and trouble shooting for the loop. The loop is a great starting point for the modern freestyle tricks, it will also help with more advanced moves as it is a prerequisite for many of the more advanced tricks like a McNasty or Phonix Monkey.