22 Sep

Improving your kayaking skills

Let’s say you love the water. You’re out there every weekend and sometimes after work in the summer time to paddle away the hours in the your local beautiful lakes and streams, soaking in the wondrous landscape. At a certain point though there’s only so much kayaking you can do before your skill development starts stagnating and that’s often a time when people start getting bored in something that they have previously loved. There are a lot of options for how to hone your skills further and create new challenges for your hobby.

The first option is an obvious one and that’s the social one. If you’re passionate enough about kayaking (and it doesn’t matter if you’re already an expert or if you’re still a novice), you’ll be welcome in probably any kayaking club. These organisations are there not just to provide a venue to discuss with others your hobby, but also to act as a support structure to help you improve your skills and give you new ideas. The easiest way to get involved is to search the internet for a club in your area. They often have ‘open house’ nights once or twice a month when people who aren’t members can come and introduce themselves and meet the local kayaking community. In addition to getting good advice you may met people who will give you tips on where and when to kayak, and such groups very often take yearly trips together, which can be a nice way of making new friends in addition to improving your skills.

If clubs aren’t your scene and you prefer to strike out a bit more on your own, then consider going to kayak events, such as races or technical competitions. While there isn’t often a lot of mainstream media coverage for these events, betting sites are excellent sources of information. If you’re lucky after or before the competition you may be able to talk to some of the athletes who are usually happy to share tips with amateurs and give advice (although if they’re not in the best mood after a poor showing you may want to give them a large berth) to fans who are either seasoned kayakers or just getting started out in the sport. Aside from the kayakers there’s a great many fans that are themselves accomplished kayakers. People usually love sharing their passions with like-minded people so it wouldn’t be too hard to make connections with people.

With so many possibilities to meet new people and improve your skills on the water there’s no reason for you to sit round and do that same old paddle every weekend (unless of course that you’re perfect content with comfort of nice routine and a lovely kayak!)

5 Sep

Varsity, Novice

Novice Rowers are classified as any athlete in their first year of rowing. After their novice year, rowers move up to the Varsity category, in which a true depth system is adopted. The 1 st Varsity 8+ lineup is comprised of the fastest 8 rowers and best coxswain. Then, the 2 nd Varsity 8+ uses rowers #9-16, and so on. This depth system is similar to the “string” system used in traditional sports such as football and basketball. Some teams and coaches using older terminology call 2 nd boats “JV” boats, however this is strictly a nominal designation and does not mean the rowers are not “Varsity.”

Delta Blades, along with all SWJRA teams, has four squads: Novice Men, Novice Women, Varsity Men, Varsity Women.