Wednesday, April 02, 2014

April's Newsletter

For us, March was a month of celebration. Both our birthdays fall in March, and so does our wedding anniversary. March is also the celebration of season changes. The days get longer, and the grass turns from brown to green. We're currently in Wales, and tiny lambs are roaming the hills, flowers are popping up in every crevice and field, and life is once again appearing. The other great thing about spring is that the whole kayaking season lies in front of us, and this year is looking very exciting.
In March, Helen headed to Half Moon Bay to teach Simplifying the Roll and Combat Rolling for California Canoe and Kayak. Mark ran a BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment with James Stevenson, and we brought in guest instructor Pete Jones to run BCU Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning. After that, we hopped on a ferry to Dublin, Ireland, where we celebrated Saint Patrick's Day and our wedding anniversary. Once we were back in Wales we ran Simplifying the Roll, BCU Open Water Navigation and Tidal Planning and a BCU 5 Star Sea Assessment.
At the beginning of April we are guiding an expedition around Anglesey, and then we head to the Ladies Paddle Symposium, also in Wales. After that we go to Scotland, where Mark is teaching an Advanced Leader and Trip Planning class. Meanwhile Helen is flying to the U.S. to run Yoga for Paddlers and a Paddle Day for our local club, Explore North Coast, teaching Combat Rolling and sticking around to teach private rolling classes during the ENC Kayaking Social.
Later in the year we have classes and symposia scheduled in the U.S., Wales, Scotland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Israel and Mexico. We will also be guiding an expedition in South Greenland, which is now fully booked.
We've been working hard on organizing the U.S. Storm Gathering symposium, taking place in Trinidad, California on March 6, 7 and 8, 2015. Save the date!
As usual, visit for more information and our current Events calendar and Blog postings. For questions, comments or to schedule us in your neighborhood, email
Happy paddling!
- Helen and Mark
Dr. T's Coaching Corner
If you have ever worked towards a specific goal, be that learning a certain technique, perfecting a roll or preparing for an assessment, the chances are you may have received some guidance from a friend or coach along the way. But what happens afterwards when the goal is accomplished? You might consider becoming a mentor to someone else who is on the same pathway.
Mentoring can be a powerful personal development and empowerment tool for everyone involved. Not only is the mentee challenged and guided, it is also a test of the mentor’s knowledge and understanding of the subject. For instance, if someone has recently become a sea kayak leader, not only can they share their experience of the assessment process but also what they did to get to that point.
Mentoring should be a helpful relationship based upon mutual trust and respect. It not about ‘do it my way or it’s the highway,' but more about wisdom sharing and reflection.
Program Schedule
BCU 5 Star Sea Assessment:
March 29 to 30, Anglesey, Wales
Anglesey Expedition:
March 31 to April 4, Anglesey, Wales
Ladies Paddle Symposium:
April 5 and 6, Glan Llyn, Wales
Yoga for Paddlers and Paddle Day (ENC):
April 19, Big Lagoon, California
Combat Rolling:
April 20, Crescent City, California
Advanced Leader and Trip Planning Training:
April 18 to 23, Oban, Scotland
Private Rolling Classes (during the ENC Kayaking Social):
April 24 to 27, Big Lagoon, California
Simplifying the Rescue:
May 4, Whiskeytown, California
Simplifying the Roll:
May 3 and 4, Whiskeytown, California
Coastal Navigation and Tidal Planning:
May 9, Anglesey, Wales
BCU 4 Star Sea Training:
May 10 to 11, Anglesey, Wales
BCU 4 Star Sea Assessment:
May 17 to 18, Anglesey, Wales
South Greenland Expedition:
July 9 to 20, South Greenland
Nordic Tour:
May 23 to July 4 and July 24 to August 31
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Helen Wilson and Mark Tozer • (707) 834-5501

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