Paddling Literacy Program Development Opportunity

We are hiring for a short-term contract, to develop a paddling literacy program for our provincial and member club programs. The goal of the program will be to provide a comprehensive and holistic paddling program which teaches participants water safety and fundamental skills for paddling any type of boat. The program will provide a background on fundamental elements that every participant should learn, lesson plans for a 5-day camp environment, skill break down/explanations as well as drills to encourage the learning process, coach to athlete ratios. In addition to the priorities mentioned, a tie back to the long-term athlete development model and fundamental skills that should be developed by all youth are a priority. The ideal candidate will have excellent verbal and written communication skills, a willingness to reach out and ask questions, experience in multiple types of paddling, able to accomplish tasks without direct supervision. Coaching certifications and program and or project development experience are considered an asset. The successful candidate will be a self-starter with an ability to demonstrate their experience completing a task, of this nature, within a designated time frame. The successful candidate with produce the following products by the end of the six-week project: 1. A description of the Paddling Literacy Program based on research of similar programs and the CKC LTAD model and the basic elements that each paddler will learn by the end of the instructional period (camp); 2. A description of the skills to be learned and the drills to teach each skill; 3. Detailed lesson plans for each component/module of the camp; 4. A description of the human and other...

Canoe Kids Coaching Course

    IS HOSTING A CANOE KIDS COACHING COURSE WHEN: MAY 13, 2017 WHERE: PRINCE ALBERT INN: 3680 – 2nd Avenue West, Prince Albert.  IN THE BUFFALO CONFERENCE ROOM COST: $200  SEE THE EVENT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE OR FIND OUR EVENT AT https://thelocker.coach.ca/calendar EVENT...

Part-Time Summer Supervisor position at Nickle Lake

The Weyburn and District Canoe and Kayak Club (WDCKC) is looking for part – time paddling supervisors this summer at Nickle Lake, Saskatchewan.  The paddling supervisors will have the opportunity to rent paddling equipment and assist the head coach at the Janice Stafford Memorial Boathouse at Nickle Lake, Saskatchewan.  We strongly encourage students interested in working this summer to send their resume and cover letter to cbarsness@matrix-solutions.com prior to May 31, 2017. Position Objective To assist the head coach with paddling programs offered by WDCKC and to rent paddling equipment from the boathouse at Nickle Lake Regional Park.               Duties and Responsibilities Exhibit good interpersonal and communication skills with participants and parents Maintain an overall professional, safe, positive attitude and atmosphere Willingness to take on miscellaneous tasks, maintaining equipment and facilities, repairing equipment Support head coach development programs Ensure all participants are aware of club rules and follow all safety guidelines Ability to handle money, make receipts and keep files organized of membership and boat rental forms. Keep in contact with Board and direct supervisor regularly regarding any issues, or needs of the club, the programs or the facilities. Submit timesheets to supervisor on preset dates Experience and Certifications Student returning to school First Nations and those who identify as a visible minority are welcome to apply Strong communication and writing skills with the ability to work well in cooperation with others and alone A good swimmer Canoe Kids Respect in Sport First Aid, CPR Certification Motorboat License Excellent organizational skills the ability to work with minimal supervision Fully charged cell phone –...

Weyburn and District Canoe Kayak Club is hiring!

The Weyburn and District Canoe and Kayak Club (WDCKC) is looking for an enthusiastic and responsible coach for the competitive club and introductory paddle programs this summer at Nickle Lake, Saskatchewan.  The selected coach will have the opportunity to work with coaches within Saskatchewan to develop new coaching skills.  We strongly encourage anyone interested in working this summer to send their resume and cover letter to cbarsness@matrix-solutions.com prior to April 28, 2017. Position Objective To promote the development, participation and organization of canoe/kayak within Weyburn and the surrounding community including running regular programing at a club level. Duties and Responsibilities Exhibit good interpersonal and communication skills with participants and parents Possess strong technical canoe/kayak skill with the ability to impart that knowledge to people learning the sport of canoeing and kayaking Ability to work with other coaches in the province to share coaching skills back to the club and its participants. Develop program content for competitive club that complies with Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD). Travels to competitions as requested by the board (competitions will be on weekends) Ensure safety and proper supervision of club participants on and off water. Coach introductory programs offered by the club Maintain an overall professional, safe, positive attitude and atmosphere while coaching Willingness to take on miscellaneous tasks, maintaining equipment and facilities, repairing equipment Facilitate improvement in participation and organization of the WDCKC on and off the water Support athlete and coach development programs for athlete and coach development Arrive 15 min prior to the beginning of scheduled sessions and stay 15 min after each session ends Prepare equipment each day prior to...

Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan is hiring!

ORGANIZATION Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan (CKS) is the provincial sport governing body for the sport of canoe-kayak in the province. CKS promotes participation in canoe-kayak sports and advances excellence through development, funding and support for athletes, coaches, volunteers and officials in Saskatchewan. DESCRIPTION Working in partnership with CKS and the Provincial Coach-South, the Provincial Coach-North will primarily be responsible for developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating the provincial sprint high performance training program. This will include developmental programs aimed at increasing the pool of high performance athletes at the Saskatoon Racing Canoe Club and northern paddling clubs in the province. COMPETENCIES The following competencies will be assessed through both a written assignment and an oral interview: Ability to communicate effectively, in writing and in a team Developing others Adaptability Creative thinking Decision making Planning and organizing Team leadership Analytical thinking Initiative CERTIFICATIONS NCCP Competition Development is required. If this certification is not satisfied at the time of hiring, the successful candidate must provide a written plan for completing the certification requirement by August 2017 as a condition of hiring Successful applicants will need to provide: Criminal record and vulnerable sector check, current within 3 months Respect in Sport certification number TERMS AND CONDITIONS The preferred employment agreement will run from April 1st, 2017 to Dec 31st, 2017 This is a full time, salaried, position The provincial coach north will be based out of Saskatoon and will report to the CKS Executive Director and the CKS Coach and Officials Director The provincial coach must be available to work flexible work hours including weekends and evenings Travel is required at the local, provincial,...

Racing the Au Sable Canoe Marathon, July 2016

Have you ever wondered what happens to your body, what goes through your head, and how a race that is 120 miles long unfolds? Trevor Robinson has been kind enough to provide us with just that information. A greatly entertaining account of his and partner Edith MacHattie’s, Au Sable Canoe Marathon experience from 2016. If when you read this you have desire to learn more, get out in one of these boats or learn about paddling please contact the Saskatoon Canoe Club and/ or Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan for more information.     As the sun approached the horizon, the shadows were beginning to lengthen.  It was almost 9pm and 95 Marathon C2’s sat on the pavement.   190 competitors were breathing nervously, attempting to make lighthearted chit chat with their competitors, as they anxiously waited to start their 120-mile adventure.  An adventure that would take 14 – 19 hours, nonstop paddling, and portaging, down the Au Sable River in Michigan, USA.   The canoes were lined up on the asphalt in 19 rows of 5 canoes across. The first row of canoes was two and a half blocks from the river.  Our 17th place sprint time seeded us in the 4th row, and in our opinion a good position.  Glancing behind us the rows of canoes disappeared out of sight.  The last row was a couple blocks further behind us.  We were thankful that we hadn’t gone swimming during the sprint when we got washed into the turning buoy, or that’s where we would have been.     The gun went off and the road exploded into a frenzy of...

Happy Holidays to You and Yours.

    Photo credit: http://www.fanpop.com   Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan would like to take a moment to thank all of you for being a part of our exciting and busy year. This year saw our member clubs grow, our athletes succeed and a new governance structure brought in. We thank you for your hard work, dedication and efforts!!! We wish you and yours the very best in 2017 and look forward to all the adventures to come. Let us know if this is the type of adventure you find over the holidays.                   photo credit: http://www.canoemuseum.wordpress.com  ...

Kylie Zirk: on overcoming obstacles and finding confidence again.

  Have you ever been blindsided by an obstacle that derails all your goals? Have you been at your desk with your head in your hands thinking, “what do I do now”? You are not alone and although we, at CKS, love to share the success stories of our athletes we also want to show you their grit, determination and ability to persevere. Kylie has been kind enough to share some of her recent struggles and how she found her way back to the pursuit of excellence. Read her perspective below! I have been doing whitewater slalom for almost seven years now, and the last year and a half have been the hardest of my journey so far. In May 2015, I was competing at Senior National Team Trials when I flipped over during the race and hit my head on a rock underwater. This accident resulted in a concussion that left me unable to train or do any activity for months. I missed competing in the Canadian National Championships that year. The first time I was able to be back in a boat to try going for a light, easy paddle was over three months after the hit to my head.  At that point I was still suffering from constant headaches, but they hadn’t been worsened by light activity so I could start slowly returning to paddling and being active. It was the end of November before I was able to go back to the gym and start training again. Although I could begin training in earnest, I was still suffering from constant headaches.  Through acupuncture, osteopath and...

Cold, flat, treeless, and boring? I know you are, but what am I?

Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan is always excited to hear the stories and memories of our community. Kevin Miller is a former resident of Saskatchewan who has penned a novel about the adventures that can be found on the water here in Saskatchewan. We wanted to share this story and have asked him to share a little about himself and how this story came to be with you all. Enjoy!   By: Kevin Miller As a Saskatchewan native who has lived elsewhere for most of my adult life, one thing has become abundantly clear: People across Canada have a rather impoverished appreciation of that province’s charms, particularly its geography. When I tell folks where I’m from, the typical response I get is something like, “Bet you’re glad you don’t live there anymore. That place is so flat, cold, treeless, and boring.” I’ll be the first to admit Saskatchewan can be cold. However, I happen to consider that a plus. What’s better than stepping out your door on a sunny day in January, inhaling the frigid air, and feeling it coat everything in ice, from the hairs in your nostrils right down to the bottom of your lungs? As for the treeless part, that wasn’t my experience growing up on a farm just outside Foam Lake, SK. We had trees everywhere. In fact, I spent half of my childhood tramping through the bush. Flat? No one can dispute that. But since when is flat bad by definition? Tables are flat. So are floors, soccer fields, lakes, desks, skyscraper rooftops, tables, and the proverbial pancake. I don’t hear anyone complain about that. Boring?...

Blog refresh

Welcome to the newest communication tool in Canoe Kayak Saskatchewan’s wheelhouse (or perhaps it should be boathouse). Our organization is always working to find simple, convenient ways for our membership to stay informed and up to date with all things paddling in our province. This blog will host posts from our membership: athletes, coaches, board members, families, officials and more. It will also be a space where the office can up date you on anything and everything we have going on, so PLEASE check back often! We have also brought back our newsletter in an online format. You can sign up to receive this on our website! Happy Training...