Sunday, January 1, 2012

12 New Year's resolutions for paddlers

If you've outgrown your drysuit, go ahead and resolve to lose some weight. Otherwise, try these on for size and choose the ones that fit.

In 2012, I resolve to...

1. Work on skills that don't come easily to me.

2. Seek out a mentor who can challenge me in my long-term development as a paddler.

3. Join organizations that protect the environment.

4. Introduce kayaking to someone else.


5. Complete a risk assessment every time I go out on the water and file a float plan.

6. Learn to repair my boat and gear (or at least some of it).

7. Engage in a thoughtful debrief after each paddle to learn from my experiences.

8. Support my local paddlesport shop as much as possible.

9. Practice rescues in the conditions and seasons in which I paddle.

10. Learn to tie a new knot.

11. Learn a related body of knowledge (e.g.wilderness first aid, leave no trace, meteorology).

12. Paddle in unfamiliar waters (preferably outside my region).

We hope 2012 is a happy, healthy year that fulfills all your paddling desires.

Best,

Sharon + Alec

4 comments:

avital said...

That is very nice. Inspiring. Thank you! Have a great year!

wisdompartner said...

Hey there, loved your resolutions. I have some going on but realized there are some here I really need to get started on. Thanks for the encouragement! From Alicia in Maryland

Lenore said...

Nice list with some good ideas. I'm definitely going to resolve to do several on the list -- just not saying which one's yet. :-)

Lenore said...

Nice list with some good ideas. I'm definitely going to resolve to do several on the list -- just not saying which one's yet. :-)