Every Thursday evening at 7pm in the Hart Building, there is a free open pool kayaking activity for students who want to learn how to Kayak or for those who are looking to improve their skills.
“It’s an open pool kayak time where students can come in,” said Morris Christensen, Open Kayak Instructor. “They can get comfortable paddling around in the kayak or they can learn how to roll.”
The very basics of kayaking are taught during this activity. Students are free to paddle around in the pool and get a feel for kayaking.
“I like how relaxed it is,” said student participant Madison Kohls. “No one’s pressured to do anything they don’t want to. If you just want to learn how to paddle then that’s all it takes.”
Students are able to learn at the their own pace in a safe environment. This makes for a comfortable setting for those who are just beginning for the first time.
“It’s a great opportunity to come get into a Kayak and get a feel for what it takes to paddle,” said Chris Morgan, Director of Outdoor Activities. “Now, it’s not a class, there are classes offered at the school, it’s just open pool kayaking. But, it is an awesome way to just come mess around with friends.”
Aside from learning the skills there is only one expectation for the students.
“Nothing more than having a good time,” said Christensen. “We just want them to have an introductory experience that—I guess maybe that’s what the expectation is—really just to have an introductory experience where they can decide for themselves maybe they want this a little bit more or what level they want to participate.”
Reporting to you from the pool in the Hart Building, I’m Jerry Bregg, Scroll Digital