Get ready for the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge
April 13, 2012 by Martin
One of Timmins‘ most popular annual events, the Great Canadian Kayak Challenge, will be held in late August, and the city is helping newcomers prepare for it. Beginner kayaking courses will commence this weekend on April 15, with the hope of encouraging as many would-be kayakers to participate as possible. The course has been developed by the city’s leisure department in response to the citizens’ desire to learn the techniques of kayaking in a controlled environment.
Kayaking is very different from canoeing since a kayak is submerged only an inch into the water, and the kayaker is seated on the floor with the legs extended in front. Many kayaks enclose the kayaker so that the bottom portion of the torso is contained within the body of the kayak. Other two and three person kayaks have a more open design.
Learning how to exit a kayak that has turned over and to perform a full roll are important safety skills that will be taught in the course. The city and other instructional programs are sure to use printing companies for manual and brochure printing that demonstrates paddling skills, safety procedures, the different types of kayaks, entrances and exits, and maintenance techniques.
The kayak preparation course will be held in the pool at the Archie Dillon Sportsplex beginning April 15 to May 13th on Sunday mornings from 8:30 to 10:30 am. All participants must be a minimum of 12 years old. A colourful flyer printing can be found on the city’s website.