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Paddlechica: Dragon Boat Camp - The Complete Guide

Paddlechica: Dragon Boat Camp - The Complete Guide

Posted by Kristin Stickels on

This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. Have you considered attending a dragon boat camp, but are unsure of whether you are up to the challenge of 5-6 straight days of paddling? Do you wonder what is involved in a camp that is so singularly focused on paddling? Have you inquired about a camp, but are nervous not knowing anyone who might attend? In this post, I’ve outlined a typical week at one of the camps I coached at the past two years in order to give you an idea what a dragon boat camp is all about. Keep in mind that all camps have different...

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Paddlechica - Taking an Active Role in Your Development as a Paddler

Paddlechica - Taking an Active Role in Your Development as a Paddler

Posted by Kristin Stickels on

This post was originally published on paddlechica.com.When I first started paddling, I’ll admit it, like most people, I truly had no idea what I was doing. I mean, I really, really had no idea whatsoever. I enjoyed my time on the water, and when my team’s practice was finished, I would get off the boat, socialize with my teammates, maybe go grab a bite to eat with some of them, and then head home for a shower. Other than showing up to practice, I didn’t even consider my own role in my development as a paddler. For me, each practice...

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Paddlechica - 13 Tips for Success in International Racing

Paddlechica - 13 Tips for Success in International Racing

Posted by Kristin Stickels on

This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. Many of us will be heading abroad to race this summer, either to the Club Crew World Championships in Hungary, or the IBCPC in Italy. Whether this is your first international race or not, hopefully you will find these tips helpful as you head off on your travels soon. Best of luck to all teams competing this summer and I hope to see some of you in Hungary! The main framework of this list was originally generated by Jim Farintosh and shared with the paddlers at his Bow Wave Clinic in April. With Jim’s permission, I have...

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PADDLECHICA: Choosing the Dragon Boat Team That’s Right For You

PADDLECHICA: Choosing the Dragon Boat Team That’s Right For You

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This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. Teams vary from highly competitive at one end of the spectrum to all-inclusive at the other end, with everything in between. Finding the right team for you is often a difficult process. Some paddlers find themselves wanting more of a competitive challenge, yet the club they belong to has more of a social focus. Other paddlers want to be on the race crew more often, yet their skill set isn’t developed enough and so they find themselves as a “spare” quite frequently. Some paddlers truly believe that they want to be on a more...

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PADDLECHICA: Dragon Boat Help! How to Ask For It, How to Offer It

PADDLECHICA: Dragon Boat Help! How to Ask For It, How to Offer It

Posted by Kristin Stickels on

This article was originally published on Paddlechica.com. As adults, we often find it difficult to ask for help or clarification when we don’t understand something. We are reluctant to appear weak or ignorant, and we are frequently intimidated by the very people we should be requesting assistance from. There is something frightening about asking for help from those who are better than us. We tend to put people up on a pedestal and perceive them as more important than ourselves, making it nearly impossible to request any assistance. All too often I have seen paddlers who need help in various aspects...

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