July 11, 2017 matt palmariello

I spent last weekend paddling around Peter’s Pond in Sandwich, MA with the crew from RideAway Kayak & SUP.  This was the first course I’ve ever delivered when every candidate passed.  I was highly impressed by the professionalism and commitment from these paddlers.  Each of them could quickly take feedback and make changes for big improvements.  If you’re in Cape Cod looking for SUP rentals or instruction, RideAway is the place to call. I’ve now been delivering American Canoe Association SUP Instructor Certification Workshops about 4 years and I continue to learn on each one.  Every time I begin a…

June 25, 2017 matt palmariello

    This post first appeared at mattpalmariello.blogspot.com Seven candidates and another awesome course.  My favorite thing about offering these courses is getting to meet so many cool people and making new paddling partners. This group was no different and I’ve already spent time paddling with some of them.  We had a pretty intense session over three full days with some very skilled and knowledgeable personalities.  Group learning at its best!  Portland Paddle hosted us at their location at East End Beach, which turned out to be a fantastic venue for the course.  When you’re in Portland Maine, visit them…

June 25, 2017 matt palmariello

 This post was originally posted at mattpalmariello.blogspot.com Congrats to the newest ACA Certified SUP Instructors in Maine! This is the 2nd year I’ve travelled up to Acadia SUP in beautiful Bar Harbor, Maine to run an ACA SUP ICW with Chris Strout, owner of Acadia SUP.  He runs a great operation on the edge of Acadia National Park and is focused on quality instruction and safety.  Next time you’re up there, stop in to take a class, do some sup yoga, rent a board or visit his shop.  He’s the only dedicated SUP retailer in Maine and introduces thousands of…

May 4, 2015 matt palmariello

When three days disappear in a blink, you know it’s fun.  We had a solid group of eleven made up of eight candidates and three Instructors.  The real kicker for this weekend is that every single person brought something to the course, most notably their fun personalities and willingness to learn and contribute. It’s difficult to measure the outcome of these courses.  You can’t just say he or she got certified.  The certification shouldn’t be and isn’t the most valuable piece of these workshops.  It’s really about improving skill, learning new teaching methods and becoming better instructors for our future…