Monday, April 18, 2011


You may be wondering, “Why was this resource created?” For many years I have been approached by various individuals and groups looking for a resource that they could use to supplement their paddling activities in canoe, kayak and rafting both on calm water and adventurous whitewater. There didn’t appear to be any resources available for the Christian outdoor leader to provide a foundation for their quest. Several trip and program leaders encouraged me to get the boat rolling, so to speak, I finally decided to make it happen after about 10 years of thinking about doing it. In addition, the resource became my final project before completing my Master of Divinity at Gordon-Conwell seminary in Charlotte. There is nothing like the pressure of not being able to graduate to get a project done.

The concept behind this resource is not to provide specific progressions for teaching paddling techniques; rather it is a supplement for existing paradigms for instruction. To help connect this resource with my own perspective on teaching kayaking and other paddlesports, there are links to small video clips from YouTube. Just remember, this resource is designed to complement your existing programs, not replace them.

Hold on to the pattern of wholesome teaching you learned from me,
a pattern shaped by the faith and love that you have in Christ Jesus.
2 Timothy 1:13

Although not extremely technical, there is also a section that is perfect for program directors, youth ministers and other small group leaders taking their group whitewater rafting. Rather than being focused on the group, it focuses on servant leadership qualities of the raft guide.
Most of the ideas in this resource are not original. They have been borrowed and tweaked to fit this application and make it more helpful for you. Even though Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 1:9, “there is nothing new under the sun,” it is my hope that you find some new ideas to help you in your quest for enjoying God’s creation in a boat.

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