MWCD to host kayak classes this summer

May 3, 2010

The best way to learn about paddling a kayak is to learn right on the water.


The Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District (MWCD) will host four free “Quick Start Your Kayak” classes this summer at Atwood Lake Park. Sessions will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. at the park beach on June 7, July 10, Aug. 14 and Sept. 11.


Quick Start provides an introduction to paddling a kayak. Participants are presented with basic information on dressing, paddling safety, potential hazards and simple rescues. A minimal paddle skill set is presented and practiced, allowing students to safely and comfortably maneuver on still water.


The class is taught on a brief kayak trip, and the kayaks and all safety equipment are supplied to participants.


The class is free but space is limited and registration is required. For more information or to reserve a seat for one of the sessions, contact MWCD Lake Ranger Shawn P. Tharp at (330) 343-6780 Ext. 2317, or via e-mail at

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