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Discomfort and Improving Performance

“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve, and bad things are very easy to get.” — Confucius I’ve learned to appreciate through my own personal training as a kayaker, and more recently through my experience as a coach, that significant …

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Skills Clinic: Brier Island Tide Race Weekend

According to the 1891 Sailing Directions for Nova Scotia, “Grand Passage, between Bryer and Long Islands, is narrow and contains several dangers, but the principal difficulty connected with its navigation is the great velocity of tidal streams through the channel.” This is our classroom for the weekend, where we’ve come to play and learn. Christopher Lockyer has been bringing paddlers …

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Feature Trip: Solo Camping in Little Harbour, NS

Despite the remarkably short, unchallenging, and uneventful paddle to a tiny island in Little Harbour, Nova Scotia, my first solo camping experience will stand out as an eventful personal milestone. Last season I checked off a longish solo day paddle from my list of “to have” experiences. I’ve since followed that up with a number of longer day paddles and …

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Coastal Adventures Annual Sea Kayakers’ Meeting 2016

As I contemplated making the rock hop through a particularly short slot on the outside of Borgles Island, two things occurred to me: this wasn’t the kind of fun I expected from a Nova Scotia sea kayak tour company; and I should have brought my play boat instead. This past weekend I attended the Coastal Adventures 27th annual Sea Kayakers’ meeting …

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What’s in the Bag: Comfort Kit

A complete group first aid kit is an essential bit of kit for longer journeys in the wilderness. But for most day trips I feel confident with a smaller bit of baggage that I call the Comfort Kit. I bring this kit on longer trips as well so I don’t have to pull out and dig through the full monty …

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Head to Toe: Strength Training for Sea Kayakers

Do you want an explosive forward stroke? Would you like to paddle all day without getting too fatigued, feel great the next day, and be ready to do it again? Cardiovascular endurance training will contribute to these performance objectives but an investment in strength training will yield multiple benefits for your kayaking fu. I’ve come to realize through my own …

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In knots: Taught line hitch

I’ve been experimenting with various tarp configurations recently and putting a few important knots to effective use. Also known as the midshipman’s hitch (tied slightly differently), the taught line hitch is an adjustable loop knot that’s useful for holding a line under tension. You know those little plastic bits included with modern tents to tension the guy lines? This knot …