Learn proper ways to handle a kayak

Aug. 22, 2010 at 3:22 a.m.

By Doug Cochran

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to kayak in a pool or a river? How about both in the same day?

More than likely, you never thought about kayaking in a pool, but we do. The Parks and Recreation Department and Coastal Bend Paddlers are bringing you the Third Annual Paddling Clinic at 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28, at the Gary Moses Municipal Pool, 211 N. Ben Wilson St.

No, this is not a class on corporal punishment, but an instructional class to learn kayak safety, paddling strokes and other fundamental skills of kayaking. There is no need to bring your kayak to the instructional class. They are being provided by Canoe Trail from Goliad. There is no limit to the number of participants in the instructional class.

Wait, the day is not over. The second part of the clinic will be a kayak trip down the Guadalupe River. This will be a chance to hone your skills that you learned in the pool.

I guarantee you the current will be a little different and there will not be someone by your side keeping you upright.

The Coastal Bend Paddlers will guide you down the river.

The river trip is limited to the first 30 people who register and pay the $10 fee. You must participate in the first part of the clinic to take the trip.

You may use your own kayak for the river trip. Tandem kayaks will be available for those who do not have a kayak.

Part one of the clinic starts at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 28. Children ages 12 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.

Part two of the clinic, the river trip, will take place after the instructional session has been completed. You must pre-register for the river trip. Cost is $10 per person and includes a delicious hot dog meal and river trip.

One lucky person will win a kayak courtesy of Academy Sports and Outdoors, paddle included.

This clinic is made possible through generous donation of time and love of the sport by the Coastal Bend Paddlers. Thanks to Canoe Trail of Goliad for loaning the kayaks for our clinic.

If you have any questions regarding this clinic or the river trip, please contact the Parks and Recreation Department at 361-485-3200.

You may obtain the registration form on our website, www.playvictoriatexas.com or the Parks office. Please bring the form to the Parks office at 476 McCright Drive (Riverside Park - next to Rose Garden), or it may be faxed to our office at 361-485-3212. You may call the parks office and pay with a credit card over the phone.

Doug Cochran is the director of parks and recreation for the Victoria Parks and Recreation Department. Contact him at 361-485-3200 or dcochran@victoriatx.org



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