Thursday, February 27, 2014
Spreading The Word
Today I had the opportunity and the privilege to speak to an outdoor education class at a local high school. I was nervous going into this because I wasn't sure of how responsive the kids would be. I know that not everyone is as passionate about kayak fishing as me, my wife tells me all the time. I knew that I was fully prepared and had a very specific game plan about the structure of my presentation and I had full confidence in my knowledge.
The great folks at Mariner Sails set me with party favors to pass out to the kids, kids always love free stuff they can play with. I got to school early and I brought my full set up of a normal fishing day with me. I could tell as soon as the kids walked in that they were interested, just by the way they were staring and whispering about my kayak. I was a little worried that it would be all me talking and no back an forth with the kids.That worry was soon alleviated when I saw how actively engaged the kids were and they were firing great questions off left and right.
About half of the kids liked to fish and about a third had kayaked before, but combining them was something completely new to these kids and they were pretty excited about it. I had a few of the boys tell me thank you afterwards because they fell like this is something that they could bond with their dads over. After the presentation was over I sat with the kids for about about another twenty minutes answering questions and going over different parts of the yak.
All in all it was a great day. I fell like we both learned something from this experience and I was able to expose some of these kids to something that was totally unknown to teem before. I know specifically that look on some of their faces, that wheels are turning look. I see that look every time I'm around a group of kayak anglers when we are trying to problem solve rigging. I actually saw that same look in some of these kids faces and it was priceless. I'm all set up to speak with another class next in six weeks and I cant wait.