A Family Adventure


Tyson, Emilie & Isaac

day one – refresher

May 15, 2010
Emilie Phillips

Today was nominally a refresher for the BCU 3 star. There were 3 other students of varying backgrounds. And the surprising thing was that we all ended up being at about the same level. Which is to say with plenty of holes in our technique and plenty for the instructor to teach.
We went over rudders and draws. I thought I had a vague clue on how to do those, but it turns out I was mostly wrong. This instructor has been very deliberate about making sure we are doing things in ways that don’t cause injury. Mostly that means keeping elbows down, keeping wrists straight, and using core muscles.
Then we learned all about weather cocking and how to use the wind to your advantage to turn. All that material would have made a huge difference to me when I was battling my old boat.
The next bits were not as revolutionary to me – braces, skulling, and rescues.
And since one of the prerequisits of the certification is being able to use a canoe, we all had to paddle around the pond in that. I mostly did OK once I got told where to kneel.