Whether you're new or a vet, you may or may not have noticed that some paddlers have taken on an additional responsibility to paddling. We wouldn't be able to run any practices without them. Who could I be talking about? Your steerspeople of course! These are paddlers that have taken it upon themselves to learn how to steer, go through the certification process, and even give up paddling time to help the team run practices. Without them, we wouldn't be able to get anywhere!
Now you may be thinking that you're focusing on paddling, so you don't want to steer, but it's a good skill to have as a paddler! Not only are you helping out the team, you're learning more about the sport in general and are able to see practices from a new perspective. You're also getting a chance to help bring up our team since we'll be able to cycle through our steers and give them some much needed paddle time as well. As a family, we all want what's best for each other, and opening up more opportunities for everyone to paddle is a great way to achieve that!
Over the past couple of seasons, we've seen certain people steering every single practice, and it's a big sacrifice for them to come out to paddle and be forced to steer since no one else is certified. We have a fairly large team, and it's important that we don't let the same people give up their paddle time over and over again. That being said, we're trying our best to make sure that one person doesn't steer the entire practice (unless it's due to an injury and they offer).
So whether you're new to the sport, or have been paddling for years, let's try to spread the responsibility of steering so it doesn't fall onto the same 2-3 sets of shoulders, and bring everyone up together as a family!