Dragon Boat Team Building Event
"We used Canoe Academy to take our Singapore office and some of our global leadership team for an afternoon of Dragon Boating. There were a few hesitant participants not knowing what they were in for, but once out on the water and taking in the superb views of Singapore the team soon realised it didn’t matter if you could paddle or not – most people were in the same boat, literally! Denes was fantastic at creating a fun and friendly atmosphere, with a touch of competition for those that were up for it. Most importantly the afternoon was a great opportunity for colleagues regardless of role, to work together in a fun environment away from the office. Would definitely recommend for companies or teams looking for a team building activity!"
Leadership Facilitator and Coach
"Collaboration Communication Connection Alignment & Resilence are some of the key capabilities that organisations are looking to develop in their teams and leaders. Rather than "sitting in a class room", the learning takes place on the waters off Sentosa. As a Leadership Facilitator & Coach, I have partnered with Canoe Academy to deliver an enriching and fun and active learning experience through paddling. Teams of 5, together with a Canoe Academy professional paddler, quickly learn the technique of paddling and the power of working together to drive the outrigger canoe through the water. To add a competitive spirit to the activity, a series of races are organised and here their capacity to communicate & motivate each other and to "give that little bit extra" is encouraged. What I really like about this experience is everyone can participate - it embraces all ages, cultures, gender and all other diversity lens. Furthermore participants will tell you, the learning's are rich for them as an individual and as a team, they re-energise by being with nature out on the water and it creates great connection with others and a huge amount of fun! "
Tuesday Ladies Paddling Group
"My experience with paddling started in October 2014. I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Its been on my "Singapore Bucket list" for the last 9 years of being here, and finally I am ticking it off, but subsequently have found a new sport / hobby! Its well run and organized but with a very relaxed feel. I felt very welcome from my 1st day, despite my complete lack of experience. The coaches are very patient, great teachers, with lots of experience, as well as knowledgeable tour guides of southern Sentosa and the surrounding southern islands. The ever-increasing group is made up of a very friendly and diverse group of individuals of varying ages and fitness levels with a huge team spirit and communal enjoyment of being out on the water working together.
The chance to be out on the water looking back at Singapore is both an amazing opportunity and fantastic exercise."
Former Student Junior High 4
"Many coaches around Macritchie (reservoir) will sit on shore and watch the team train. But coach goes into the water and trains with us every single time he comes down and he doesn't come down 1 or 2 days a week. He comes down almost everyday, 5-6 times a week. ... Despite being one of the biggest canoeing team (aged 13-18) due to the 6 year IP programme, coach is able to reach out to every single one of us and know each of us personally.
As his student, I not only improved tremendously in my canoeing skill, but also developed endurance and discipline which could be applied to everyday life. He also recognised my strengths and taught me to push past my limits and to never give up in difficult challenges, which helped me much in improving myself"