For a long time, I have believed that to be an effective instructor, one also needs to frequently be a beginner. Without trying new things, it is too easy to slip into a mindset where things just make sense. It becomes easy to forget the uncertainty, frustration, fear, success and excitement experienced by the students we teach.
Staff training is always a great opportunity to catch up with friends, get out on the water, shake off the rust, and share some teaching tricks. This year we had a pretty good turnout with lots of returning Paddlesports staff. After catching up and hearing a little bit about what is new with Zoar for 2015, we broke up by department and geared up for the river.
For a paddler in New Hampshire, Winnipesauke River in Franklin, NH is the only place to be on New Year’s Day. Every year, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers throw a great event to kick off the New Year. They rent out a church where paddlers can meet up and change. The town sets up a warming hut at the takeout. In the warming hut, there is often a chili cook off, hot chocolate, and coffee. After paddling, the Merrimack Valley Paddlers host an excellent dinner. I have been going to this event for many years and it never disappoints.
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Every year, for one day, we get to one of Vermont’s hidden gems - the West River. The West River is a perfect mix of adventure and leisure - it has a little bit more adventure than the Zoar Gap and is a little mellower than the Dryway.