The Paddler’s Creed

by Sherri ~ November 14th, 2010. Filed under: Sherri's Musings.

IMGP0138Last 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.

 

Sherri

7 Responses to The Paddler’s Creed

  1. Silbs

    I like it and need to mull it over. Can we print some copies and hash it out at a coffee session?
    Dick

  2. Sherri

    I think that can be arranged.

  3. Frank

    I really like the idea of the paddlers creed,so here is my 2 cents worth:
    We believe that the perfect boat is the one that fits the individual paddler. None of the different materials you can use to make a boat is in itself inferior,it is proof of the diversity that makes our sport so wonderful. we believe in freeze-dried trail-food,and mosquito-repellant.
    English is not my native language,therefore a few blunders may have snuck themselves in.
    Lot of love and greetings from Frank in Denmark

  4. Tim Jones

    We are always just one more boat away from complete self-actualization

  5. Sherri

    I think it may be time to compose the 2nd draft of the Paddler’s Creed.

  6. Chris

    Hi. Changed it by only a few words to fit sea kayaking and our dedication to safety.
    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 our dedication to safety and preparedness, and ultimately the sea will always bring us home.
    Hope you don’t mind if I use it.

  7. Sherri

    Please do. Very nice.

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