CENTRAL — On June 21 the central chapter of Paddle NL will be holding a kayak safety day at Woolfrey’s Pond Park in Lewisporte.
© Photo courtesy of Chris Vincent
During the 2013 kayak safety day paddlers enjoyed a beautiful day to view the scenic coastline of Notre Dame Bay.
The purpose of the event is to introduce people to kayaking and safety practices used during the sport. It is open to everyone from those just curious about kayaking to those who have been paddling for years.
Participants are asked to bring their own equipment for the event, but there will be a limited number of kayaks available for anyone wishing to try it out to see if they like it.
Information will be available to people who would like to purchase kayaking equipment and don’t really know how or where to do so.
Chris Vincent said, “If people want to come along that don’t have equipment we will do our best to make sure they get the opportunity to try it out even for 10 minutes or so.”
The event begins with registration at 9:30 a.m. and the morning session, starting at 10 a.m., will consist of on-water practice where participants will share information about safety, control, and design, recommended equipment, etcetera. At noon there will be a lunch break and lunch is provided for participants. Following the break there will be an afternoon paddle out in the bay.
Participants are encouraged to wear clothes that will dry quickly or bring extra in case you get wet. Safety techniques in cold water will also be discussed.
The organizers of the event wish to emphasize that this is not a kayaking course, rather a day to exchange skills and information and to practice. Everyone who has an interest in kayaking is encouraged to attend the event.
For more information contact Chris Vincent at 535-8447 or George Burke at 258-5468.