The public is welcome to learn how to safely paddle a kayak and have fun at a free, hands-one event Thursday, June 24, from 5 to 7 p.m. on Serpent Lake near Crosby’s Memorial Park during the Cuyuna Lakes Chamber’s Music in the Park.
At Learn to Paddle, kayaks, paddles and life jackets will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each participant will be allowed to try kayaking at their own pace for about 15 minutes guided by instructors. Topics to be covered will include safety tips, proper strokes, paddling techniques, changing direction, and slowing down while practicing in the water.
Life jackets will be required. Volunteers will try to fit them as best as possible but those who have life jackets are asked to bring their own. Also, those planning to kayak should wear closed-toe shoes for safety. Educational flyers will also be provided, and physicians and emergency medical personnel will be on site if needed.
The event is sponsored by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center and Cuyuna Outfitters. For more information, visit www.cuyunamed.org.