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Spring/Summer 2023 -  Leadership Development


Spring/Summer 2023 -  Leadership Development

The course is full but if you want to discuss options send me an email. 


The format of this course is a bit of a hybrid, intended to offer both leadership development while sharpening your personal paddling skills at the same time.  Meeting monthly January though September, we will mix classroom and on water sessions with the season culminating over the Labor Day weekend in the Apostle Islands.  


This course will be built around your goals and is participant driven.  We will cover goal setting, route planning, group management, weather forecasting, incident management and navigation.  We will also practice the softer skills of being part of a group.  During the season we will seek out flat, bumpy and moving water as Mother Nature provides them.  


This course assumes that participants can satisfy the Essential Eligibility Criteria (EEC) and be comfortable in conditions described in the “Course Location / Venue” section of the American Canoe Association Coastal Kayaking Level 3 Skills Assessment. - LINK HERE. The course also assumes all participants can provide their own kit appropriate for the day.  


The Leadership Development course itself is free.  If a participant is not an American Canoe Association member, they will pay the $10 daily membership fee for each session that takes place on the water.  If during the summer you wish to add personal instruction, we will select the appropriate course from the list of FWPS and ACA courses listed on the FreshWater webpage.  


If you are interested or have questions please send me a note at


WHAT: Leadership skill building and personal skill development


WHEN: Meet the second Saturday of each month January 2023 - September 2023 plus the Memorial and Labor Day holiday weekends.  Attendance at each meeting or training is not mandatory, 75% participation is the minimum participation.  Monthly sessions will last around 4 hours unless we are traveling to find conditions.  FWPS Calendar


WHO: Anyone who is keen to develop leadership skills and expand their padding network.  The ability to satisfy the American Canoe Association Level 3 Coastal Kayaking Skills Assessment is required - LINK HERE


WHERE: A mix of classroom and on water.  We will travel to find appropriate conditions which may include a multi hour drive one way.

WHY: Because paddling is awesome and doing it with friends in cool places is awesomer. 

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