Learn Kayak Essentials in Appleton's Erb Pool

The North East Wisconsin Paddlers and City of Appleton Parks and Recreation Department are teaming up to offer our very popular Kayak Essentials class in the summertime! The classes are June 6, 7 and 8th.  After more than 20 years of teaching this class indoors, this will be the first opportunity to take it outdoors, but still in the comfortable environment of a clean swimming pool! From learning key skills here, it will be an easy and safe step to venture out into “real” water!

Classes will run from 6 to 10 p.m. each evening, with a mixture of discussion time aided by video clips and wet time in the pool. Here is the class description as presented in the City Recreation Department’s Summer Guide:

314706 – Kayak Skills Class: This is the class you have been waiting for! The Kayak Skills class emphasizes safety, enjoyment and skill acquisition for all entry level participants. Learn about basic kayak maneuvers, outfitting your boat to fit your needs and basic safety principles. Upon completion of this class, there will be an optional outing on the Fox River so you can put your skills to use immediately. Instruction is taught by members of the Northeast Wisconsin Paddlers. Kayaks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring their own to class.

Participants must be 10 years old or older and register with a parent if under 16. The class number is 314706-S1; Kayak Skills Class. Cost is $70 for residents of the City of Appleton; $95 for non-residents.

The goal of the NEW Paddlers is to encourage and advance paddle sport education and safety. Whether it is whitewater, surf, canoes, or kayaks, we look to bring together likeminded individuals with whom we can share our passion for paddling.



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