Monday, March 16, 2009

Kayak Classes to be Offered

Have you ever wanted to paddle a kayak but weren’t quite sure where to start? Now is the time to learn! Kayaking is a fun form of exercise and is very safe when practiced properly. This spring the Dan River Basin Association, Henry County Parks & Recreation, and Martinsville Leisure Services are partnering together to bring classes on kayaking to the Martinsville & Henry County area. Two classes will be held in May and taught by Eric Juday, an American Canoe Association (ACA) certified instructor.

On Saturday May 2nd, an intermediate class will be offered. This class is intended for those who have previous experience kayaking on rivers and want to learn additional skills to improve their paddling. The course is eight hours long and will be held on the Smith River in Ridgeway. Fee: $45.

A 4-hour beginner course will also be taught on Sunday May 3rd. No prior experience is required for this class and all equipment is provided. The beginner class will be held on still water at Beaver Creek Reservoir in Martinsville. Participants will learn to enter and exit the boat, basic paddling skills, and other techniques to help them safely paddle a kayak. Fee: $32.

These informative classes are being presented in preparation of the upcoming Smith River Spring Fling on Memorial Day and the 2nd Annual Smith River Fest to be held in August. Learning about paddling safety can help prevent accidents while on the river and ensure a safe and fun outing. For more information on river safety and to register for these classes, please contact the Dan River Basin Association at 276-634-2545 or The deadline to register is April 17th and spaces are limited!
Kayaking for 60 minutes burns approximately 400 calories!

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