First Days in a Boat

It’s been a long time since I was new to paddling.  I don’t remember what it was like for me to get in a C-1 for the first time, and now it just seems natural to me.  But today, I was reminded of how it must have felt.

We had our first kayaking class for the four students of the Sky Valley Education Center who could take the class this spring.  Two lanes of the YMCA pool were ours for an hour, and we practiced basics- hand paddling, wet exits, intro the the forward stroke, etc.  Playing in the boats was fun- something I don’t do very much any longer, since I’m always trying to go fast when I’m out on a river.  I’m looking forward to Friday’s class, when we will start working on the roll.  but we only have one spray skirt…

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