Nature Center prepares for kayak season

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

The Dickinson County Conservation Board is already planning for summer and is looking forward to helping kayakers improve their skills on the water. Register online now for beginners and advanced kayaking courses, taught by an American Canoe Association certified instructor.

"Kayaking as a recreational sport has really exploded in the past decade, and we’re excited to offer opportunities for people to improve their skills, whether they are just starting out or have years of experience,” community relations coordinator Kiley Roth said. "One report I found shows that kayaking grew from 7.76 million participants in 2007 to 15.99 million participants in 2017."

Three beginners class sessions will be held at a location to be determined by wind and weather conditions. Select from classes 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. June 17 or 1:30-4:30 p.m. June 18. The beginners class will teach skills such as entering and exiting a kayak, paddling and safety.

Beginners may bring their own kayak and personal flotation device or may choose to borrow a kayak and PFD from the conservation board.

One advanced class will be held 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 11. Advanced students must have kayak experience and should have taken a beginners course. They must also have their own kayak, at least 10 feet long, and PFD.

Dickinson County Conservation Board kayak class participants must be at least 16 years old. Each class costs $20 and is limited to five participants, so make sure to register quickly at dickinsoncountyconservationboard.com.

To find out more about the kayaking courses or other conservation board program, call 712-336-6352.

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