November 2014 Newsletter
man, you will always cherish the sea! (Charles Baudelaire)
October has been one of the busiest months of the year, replete with
events that required quite a bit of travel around Italy: after
BCU 3-star course in Alghero,
I was invited to
Menorca to give a
presentation entitled “Paddling the Mediterranean” as part of the “IX
Jornadas Menorca En Kayak” event. A BCU 3-star course was
held here too and then repeated at
Vietri sul Mare at
the behest of local club Ondalunga Kayak Salerno.
Their warm welcome was unforgettable!
week in October saw us in Palermo busy with part two of the course (followed
by final assessments), for the FICK (Federazione Italiana
sea kayak instructor
We are more than pleased to confirm the technical and practical
skills achieved by the
eight new national instructors.
A very well done to all!
more 3-star courses
planned in November, both taking place in Cagliari (Sardinia):
on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd co-ordinated by Alfio Paderi and a second
one organised by Luca Basciu on the 14, 15 and 16 November.
I'm really very happy to come back to this marvellous island!
On the weekend spanning the 8 and 9 November the assessment by
Ashley St. John-Claire for the
BCU level 2 coach certificate
will be held. Two days of theory and practical demonstration in
both kayak and open
are planned; the three candidates have to show that they can impart
their knowledge to beginners. If you’re interested in getting free
by BCU qualified coaches, don’t hesitate to contact me,
we’re in search of mock students!
Sharing experiences and lessons learnt is something that
motivates many of us. Even when we teach something new it’s a good
idea to get feedback from what has been learnt on the water as well
as other sources prior to giving one’s opinion on the best way to
improvement. One of the most effective ways of sharing is an
effective exchange: of opinions, knowledge, ability, equipment,
techniques… Sharing is easier when the members of group form a
circle. When we’re all at the same eye level, united by a common
interest and curious to learn and listen without barriers, then
an environment of mutual respect and knowledge is created, thereby
ensuring that both as an individual and a group progress continues.
Call of the Inuit
One of the riches bequeathed to us by the people of the Arctic is
the rolling maneuver, allowing one to return to the upright
position without wet-exiting the kayak. In order to improve and
refine the technique, regular practice is necessary. Above all,
mastering the roll requires that each
In November we will be resuming rolling courses at the
Legnano Municipal swimming pool, in conjunction with local Canoa
Contact us if you’re interested in joining for one-to-one
instruction. Sessions are held every Thursday between 9:30 and
continuing every week until late spring.
There’s time for everyone to have a try!
Over the horizon
The last time we mentioned Georges Alexandre was in our
December 2013 newsletter.
He’s a 46-year old French-Canadian paddler
started his epic voyage in September 2012, crossing the
Mediterranean Sea from Tunisia to Europe via Lampedusa. His
objective was to arrive in Brussels and deliver a petition -to
regularise the waves of migration in a more humane way- to the
European Parliament. "Kayak
pour le droit a la vie"
has been concluded with Alex arriving at his destination on 29
after paddling for more than 4000 km traversing a sea that has come
up with lots of surprises… but his story has ended with a safe
to Albert Gambina, we finally have a Newsletter written in English.
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