Last month, while teaching kayaking at a local high school pool, I noticed a motivational poster taped on the window of the swim team’s office. It was sort of a “creed” for swimmer’s. It got me thinking that we, as canoeists and kayakers, needed something similar. With apologies to the U.S. Swimming Foundation, I must admit that the format of what follows is taken, in large part, from that swimming poster although the specific content has been changed to fit paddle sports.
“We, the paddling nation, in order to live a more perfect life, believe in the transformative power of a wilderness canoe trip. We yearn for the deep inner peace that the solitude of water brings. We believe in smelly neoprene, gasket marks, and ibuprofen. We possess super-human powers to lift and carry boats. We consider the body in the next kayak to be our closest friend. We live and die on the crest and trough of each and every wave, and we trust that the river will always bring us home.”
As this is my first draft, I look forward to hearing your suggestions for changes or additions.