All work and no play is no good - even when you are a kayak coach and a lot of your work is play.
Like our students, kayak coaches look forward to symposiums because they are gatherings of like-minded folks. We enjoy getting to meet other paddlers, sharing our learning tricks and tips with new students, learning new teaching skills, and the camaraderie of working with other coaches.
Part of that camaraderie is getting to play with the other coaches. It is nice to have an early morning surf session before the day begins or even better yet a coaches paddle the day after the event. A Coaches Paddle the day after Lumpy Waters has become a tradition that many of us look forward to. This year the conditions were stormy as we prepared to launch from the beach in Oceanside, Oregon and paddle out to Three Arch Rocks.
We paddled through the 3 Arches. They were like wind tunnels and quite fun when the wind was at your back but quite challenging when the wind was in your face.
Of course we looked for some rock garden play.
The conditions made it challenging but some good rides were found.
And a great time was had by all.