They say that a woman’s strength can move mountains and cross seas, and in Angela Bueckert’s case, she crosses seas quite literally.
Angela’s love for adventure is more than just a hobby. She has taken it seriously and dedicated her life studying it. She graduated from Thompson Rivers University where she took up academic programs such as Adventure Guide Diploma and Bachelor of Tourism Management.
Among the outdoor disciplines, Angela focused and excelled on whitewater kayaking, sea kayaking, and skiing. But her love for paddling doesn’t stop with herself. She continuously shares and promotes the joy of kayaking as a Level 3 Guide with the Sea Kayak Guides Alliance of B.C. and an Advanced River Kayak Instructor with the White Water Kayak Association of B.C. She’s also a Level 2 Examiner with Canoe Kayak B.C. and an instructor and Sport Certificate Coordinator at her alma mater, Thompson Rivers University.
Aside from her guiding career throughout Canada and U.S., Angela also spent 8 months guiding and paddling in Tibet, Nepal, and Bhutan. Then in 2009, along with her friend and another sea kayak enthusiast, Christine Hawes, Angela embarked on a 2000-kilometer sea kayak expedition to explore the Pacific Coast for 85 days. Calling their journey as ‘Crossing Borders’, they departed Galiano Island, B.C. on May 4, 2009 and they paddled their way to Glacier Bay, Alaska.
Angela’s ‘Crossing Borders’ expedition was no doubt one of the highlights of her career, but it seems like there’s no stopping for this adventurer. Angela recently trained as a Feldenkrais Method practitioner. Feldenkrais is a method that helps a person reduce body pain with each movement, thus maximizing and improving physical movements. Then Angela uses her new-found knowledge of Feldenkrais to teach students movements and techniques to help them paddle harder and longer without suffering from back pains or physical discomfort.
Just like the sea, Angela’s passion for kayaking seems to be endless. And as long as there are waters yet to be charted and rivers yet to be treaded, Angela will continue to – cross borders.
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