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Lora Woodward

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  1. Hi NSPN Paddlers, Rick Wiebush of Cross Currents Sea Kayaking is conducting a formal survey on why people love to sea kayak and would value your participation. I took it myself and thought he might reach a broader audience if I posted it here. Thanks, Lora From his email: It takes about 10-12 minutes to complete. It is a professional survey that has been applied to various outdoor adventure activities and has been validated multiple times. Prizes When the survey is over, there will be a prize drawing and everyone who completes the survey will have a chance to win. The first prize is a $500 Cross Currents Gift Certificate that can be used for the 2022 Kiptopeke Sea Kayaking Symposium (or any other courses/trips). The second prize is a VHF radio. The third prize is a $50 REI gift certificate. The Reason Very little is known in a formal way about the various reasons that people love to paddle. (That is especially true for “baby boomers” – those of us who are 55 years of age and older.) I want to use this survey to help fill that knowledge gap. I hope to publish articles in a professional journal and in one of the national paddling magazines. I think the results will be helpful to organizations who run paddling programs like the ACA, paddling clubs and Meet-Up groups, as well as outfitters and tour providers. The survey is not a marketing tool for Cross Currents. Anonymous The survey is automated (Survey Monkey), so you just click on your answer. It goes fast. The survey is anonymous so no one, including me, will know how you answered the questions. Let Me Know Since your name will not be on the survey, when you get done, please send me an email to tell me you did it. That’s the only way I will know to enter your name in the drawing for the prizes. I cannot link your name or email in any way to the survey itself, so your survey is still anonymous. When you respond, please use my personal email: [email protected] (If you don't want to be entered into the drawing, that's fine too.) Let me know if you have any questions. I hope you’ll be part of this. Here is a link to the survey. After you complete it, it will automatically be submitted. Link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/22TDN6S Thanks for your input! Rick Rick Wiebush L3 Instructor Trainer BC Sea Leader I acknowledge that the land on which I live and work is the traditional land of the Piscataway, Susquehannock and Nanticoke people
  2. Hi All, wanted to let you know that Northeast Passage, located at UNH's Campus in Durham, NH, will be hosting an ACA Advanced Communications Workshop, July 13-15th, 2021. This is a grant-funded program offered free of charge to participants. Attendance all three days is required. It would be awesome to have members of NSPN attend. Thanks! Lora Course Overview: Designed for instructors, outfitters, recreation program managers, trip leaders, rehabilitation specialists and those who want to more effectively include people with disabilities such as visual impairments or blindness, hearing impairments or deafness, speech, language, and/or perceptual impacts from traumatic or acquired brain injury in paddlesport programs. Advanced Communication Workshops teach instructors how to identify successful communication strategies to maximize a paddlers ability, seamlessly facilitate adaptations in instruction and group management, and modifications for risk management plans. Advanced Communications Workshops include classroom and hands on learning, a pool session and/or open water paddling. Current ACA Paddling Instructors will earn the Adaptive Endorsement upon successful completion. All others who are not certified ACA instructors will earn a Certificate of Completion upon successful demonstration of endorsement criteria. Are you, or members of your team interested in attending? Please email [email protected] to register and receive additional information. Flyer attached. ACA Communications Workshop.pdf
  3. I plan to attend. L2 paddle. Thanks! Lora
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