This morning Tāmaki Makaurau greeted the day with sunshine and a fresh looking and sounding Tupuria King. He came to deliver one of the modules from the Waka Ama NZ Coach Pathway - How to Coach W1 Basic's
See here for more info https://www.wakaama.co.nz/pages/read/1003888
After a nice mihi from Wyllis Maihi of Ocean Blue Sports, we got underway.
There is a video presentation and relaxing conversation as everyone is keen to listen to what he has to say. Using the handbook as a guide we launch into the objectives and understanding the terminology behind what W1 and V1 are.
The handbook is laid out in a nice simple logical format and is easy to understand. The team have a done a great job at defining all aspects of waka ama from basic equipment, safety and weather to rigging, stroke technique and training. We now have a comprehensive terminology glossary that can be used by our coaches to korero with paddlers young and old, novice or experienced.
There are great photos and diagrams that enhance the literature and also a practical demonstration on how to execute the various stroke techniques.
Tupu is able to bring into the course all of his knowledge gained from paddling around the world with many different craft, people and water, but as he says "you can't beat local knowledge". Always try to seek that out before you go out and paddle anywhere.
The course runs from 9am to 1pm with a short break and there is ample time to cover all of the topics. At the low cost: $35 (affiliated member of Waka Ama NZ), it is well worth the investment and it is one of those courses that makes you want to go out and try things straight away and it’s always nice to see familiar faces.
Thanks Tupu for a great delivery