This program is designed for paddlers who have taken some basic instruction, have their own boat and equipment, and want to become a more knowledgeable and skilled paddler, but are unsure of the best way to accomplish that objective on their own. You may have a desire to master a particular skill or set of skills, take a special trip, or to achieve a certain level of certification as a paddler or instructor. The Mentor Program can help you clarify your goals and put you solidly on the path to reaching those goals.
Upon entering the Mentor Program, you will be asked to fill out a questionnaire that will ask you about your experience and aspirations. From there, Sherri will schedule a 3-hour private lesson where you will undergo an informal skills assessment (including video analysis where appropriate) and then discuss the results as they pertain to your paddling goals. We assess your learning style, and map out some short and long-term objectives. Following this initial meeting, you will receive your personal written plan for practice, instruction, and periodic meetings with your mentor designed throughout the year to help you meet your goals.
During the year, you will have the opportunity to participate in a combination of group classes and/or private instruction to work on skill improvement. In the winter, you may have the option of taking some of your instruction during open pool sessions. You’ll also be asked to keep a log of your paddling practice and trips while in the Mentor Program. If applicable, you may be given an (ACA) American Canoe Association Skill Assessment to determine your level of kayaking proficiency. At the end of the year, there will be a final meeting to evaluate your progress toward achieving the goals you identified with suggestions on what to work on going forward.
To derive the greatest benefit from your participation in the program, you should be prepared to put in regular practice time, preferably on a weekly basis. Between in-person meetings and classes, if is also helpful for students to communicate with me by e-mail and submit video clips of practice sessions to get feedback.
The cost of the Mentor Program is $300 for one year. This includes the initial 3-hour meeting which includes a skills assessment and the goal-setting/planning session, up to 9 hours of class time (or 3 hours of private lessons) during the year, and the 3-hour evaluation meeting at the end of the year, as well as unlimited phone and e-mail communication throughout the year.
For more information on how the Mentor Program can help you to achieve you paddling goals, please contact Sherri by phone at 262-895-2008 or send an e-mail.