Monday, September 08, 2008

Teaching Bliss

I have often written about the joys of teaching and, as the season winds down, I am happy to report that I was able to get a session in at 'Baga this past weekend. The air was a bit cooler, and the pond had given up some of its caloric content. The day was made warmer by this delightful family from Iowa (and a few dry suits).

I especially enjoy families, and I especially enjoy them more the younger the youngest might be (I pause while you figure out that last sentence which I am too lazy to rewrite). Lauren is 13.

We all did it all including wet exits, self rescue and T-rescues. Along the way, everyone was open about discussing their concerns and what ever fears they had around water. This, in turn, allowed me to properly (I hope) pace things so that everyone had time to step up and meet their challenges.
They had all paddled before and had some skills. Dad had himself a very nice forward stroke in no time at all and took to the rescues like a fish takes know.
Mom, a dietitian, showed real spunk in dealing with her discomfort with the wet exit and, from then on, got into everything. She obviously enjoyed watching her daughter who, in turn, handled herself well.
Especially when she rescued Dad.

All is well that ends well, and I am glad I had the opportunity and privilege to work with them.

Paddle safe...



JohnB said...

Nice, VERY NICE!!!

Silbs said...

Thanks, JB.