The Outdoor Campus in Sioux Falls will host a series of beginners' paddling classes. Each is "free-standing" meaning there will be new paddlers at each one.
The staff there has asked for SDCKA members to assist at these events, covering safety, paddling strokes, canoe/kayak differences, turning, and the like.
The dates and times include
- Family paddling, 10 a.m.-noon June 21 (Saturday)
- Paddling basics, 1-3 p.m. June 21
- Family paddling, 1-3 p.m. July 12, (Saturday)
- Family paddling, 6-8 p.m. July 17, (Thursday)
- Family paddling, 6-8 p.m. Aug. 5, (Tuesday)
All the classes will be held at the Outdoor Campus pond, and the ODC is at 4500 S. Oxbow Ave., Sioux Falls.
Their pond is small so they won't need all that many folks at each class. But it might be a good way to help the public get into paddling, do a bit of cross-promo perhaps. They are seeking class sizes of about 20-25 per class, the family ones will have kids as young as 7 years old.
Let me know if you want to help on a certain date. I will coordinate things with the chap who is hosting these classes. If nothing else, it'll be a nice excuse to get a boat out on a weeknight this summer!
Also, look for a post on the Old Courthouse Museum's planned BSR trip later today, and one on the water sampling program, too.