Connecting with the wilderness, mainly by sea kayak, but not solely.

Archive for November, 2008

Thanksgiving – a time for giving thanks

One of the things that I’ve been fortunate with during the past several years has been the mentoring that I’ve received along my journey to become an Open Water Instructor Trainer with the American Canoe Association (ACA). During this journey Sam Crowley, an Instructor Trainer Educator, has been my mentor. Sam and I have spent countless hours together on the water, on the shoreline, in the classroom, around the table, on the telephone, over lunch, over breakfast, over dinner, over cyber space (email), as well as snail mail, and even over a beer. During these sessions Sam has provided me with the feedback to facilitate my becoming a better instructor, and an instructor trainer. I’m thankful for his time, energy, mentorship, for his professionalism, and his friendship! Thanks Sam!!!

For more about Sam checkout Sea Kayak Specialists web site.

As I start another chapter in my life, that as an instructor with Wilderness Medical Associates, I look forward to the mentoring I will receive from Ann Dunphy. I had the pleasure of assisting Ann last May with the Wilderness First Aid class for Rutabaga. Being the first class that I assisted with, I was pretty much an observer. In the coming months I will be teaching Wilderness First Aid and Wilderness First Responder classes with Ann, as well as other lead instructors. This past year I assisted four different instructors, all of a very high quality—which speaks highly of the process that WMA uses to select and train its instructors. I’m pleased to have Ann as my mentor, we have a lot in common—besides the love of teaching and emergency medicine, we both enjoy kayaking and a good beer! 

For more information about Wilderness Medical Associates checkout their web site at wildmed.com.