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Old 06-02-2008   #11
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women specific classes

I believe that women are drawn to women-only instruction classes for a few reasons. They may feel less intimidated with a lower level of testosterone floating around. They may enjoy that (llikely) most people are there to learn and not pick up women. They may enjoy the camaraderie of women, want to meet and learn with women if they don't necessarily have that type of group of women friends.

I've never been drawn to that type of class, but have many women friends who are. They usually tend to be taking a class in something they feel very weak at (say telemark skiing), and are not very confident. By the time the class is over, they are usually much more confident and interested in participating with a mixed group.

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Old 06-04-2008   #12
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"I love the sensual feel of something much larger than me being unpredictible, but me finding my own flow through it, using it...Seratonin is king."

Right on Sister! Sensual, that's why I paddle, I love the feel of the water moving with and through me, especially really high water.

I'm an old school paddler as well. I started a group called Women On Water many years ago to introduce women to the sport without the fear of high testosterone. I found that many of the women needed to feel safe before embarking on a new skill that carried fear for them. There tended to be more talking prior to the "doing" phase.

Times have changed and that was over 15 yrs ago. From what I've seen with the current generation of female boaters there tends to be a more, "just do it" attitude. I also think the age of the women you are teaching creates a teaching style unique to that population.


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