Adventurers flow to kayaking class


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Outdoor Activities is offering kayaking April 30, May 7, May 14 and May 21 at 8 p.m. in the pool in the John W. Hart Building. For $3, students can learn the basics of kayaking.

“It is a good place, a safe place to learn,” said Jacob Bryant, an Outdoor Activities student director and a senior majoring in university studies.

Bryant said the Hart is a place where many beginners can be comfortable and safe while they learn the basic techniques of kayaking.

There is a lifeguard on duty, and those overseeing the activity are in the pool as well.

The first thing taught is what to do when the kayak flips upside-down also known as a wet exit.

Bryant said nobody is pushed to do anything and the goal of the activity is to have fun and be safe while learning the basics of being in a kayak.

Bryant picked up the skill of kayaking at BYU-Idaho and now shares what he learned with others.

Bryant said the biggest obstacle many face is the fear of being upside-down in the kayak.

“Don’t be afraid to try something new,” said Maria Saldate, a sophomore studying recreational management.

Bryant said once people overcome this, the rest of the time can be focused on whatever the individual wants to do.

This is another opportunity to learn about an outdoor activity to do in Rexburg.

“Rexburg is a good area for kayaking, and this activity is good experience to prepare,” said Christopher Morgan, the student area director of Outdoor Activities and a senior studying biology.

Morgan said another benefit of the activity is that it creates a good place to make connections with those who are experienced with kayaking.

Morgan said groups of around 10 to 14 people a week of varying experience go to this activity.

Instructors provide information on techniques, local spots and good times for kayaking.

Morgan said that at the pool, once people get the basics down, they are free to paddle around, have fun and play games such as racing or “Sharks and Minnows.”

Bryant said since there are so many people doing this for the first time, it is a relaxed environment, making it an ideal activity for groups or for someone to pick it up as a hobby.

Saldate said normally, learning how to kayak can be expensive, costing anywhere from $40 to over $100 for a two-hour lesson.

Saldate said that here at BYU-I, a student can learn the basics for $3 for the same amount of time.

Morgan said it can be preparation for a new hobby just in time for summer.

“It’s something new, something inexpensive, something that you may end up loving, something that could lead to a great adventure,” Saldate said.

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