Just In Time for the Lazy Hazy Days of Summer!  On the Water Kayaking For Everyone: The First Steps (Paddle) – Basic on the Water Class With Mid-coast Kayak

By Spectrum Generations | Jul 10, 2014

This summer be adventurous. Explore one possibility for living an active life as you age. Spend Monday morning, July 21 on Biscay Pond learning entry-level kayaking techniques, including route planning, equipment and safety gear, self and assisted rescues and the essential paddle strokes. Your instructor will be one of Mid-Coast Kayak’s highly skilled staff members.  MidCoast Kayak will supply all the kayaks and gear that program participants will need for the class.

 Kayaking is a low impact exercise that is easier on the joints then running or aerobics. So stay active, get a great workout and learn how to participate in a sport that you can enjoy for years while enjoying Maine’s spectacular scenery.  Pick up a paddle and learn to kayak!

 The two hour class begins at 9:00 a.m. at the Biscay Pond Beach, Biscay Road, Damariscotta.  Check-in begins at 8:45.m. Participant fee: $25.  Advanced Registration Required.  Call 563-1363 by July 18 to reserve your kayak and place in Midcoast Kayak’s beginner’s class for active agers and their family members.

 Ready to take your kayaking skills to the next level and to sea?  Mid-Coast Kayak in collaboration with Spectrum Generations will be hosting a three-hour sea kayaking class, on Muscongus Bay on July 28, from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. This class is perfect for beginners or those that need a bit more practice to get back out on the water. Mitch, owner of Mid-Coast Kayak and a registered Maine Guide will discuss weather and tides, route/trip planning, and safety gear. Learn the forward, reverse, and sweep strokes and then practice while exploring. Emphasis will then be placed on self and assisted rescues. Gather at Muscongus Harbor, two miles north of Round Pond Village on Route 32 at 12:45 pm.  Fee $35. To register call 563-1363 by July 25.

For each outing, the instructor will happily share his extensive knowledge of the sport of kayaking, local waters and surrounding wildlife.  Kayaks, paddles & life vests provided. Bring water, snacks, hats, sun screen. Dress for comfort and the weather. Light rain or shine events.

 Once you’ve learned the fundamentals of kayaking get out on the water and hone your new found skills.  How? With the PWA (Pemaquid Watershed Association) Paddlers: Trips are easy to moderate in difficulty. Participants must provide their own canoe/kayak and wear a personal floatation device. Trips will be canceled if it is raining. All trips are free and open to the public. For more information and the summer paddle schedule please visit the PWA web site at www.pemaquidwatershed.org/paddlers.html or contact Peter Lawrence at 563-7663 or paddlers@pemaquidwatershed.org.

 Spectrum Generations is central Maine’s Area Agency on Aging plus Aging and Disability Resource Center.   Its mission is to promote life-long learning, health, wellness, nutrition, community engagement and the social well-being of all older and disabled adults.  For more information about Spectrum Generations call 1-800-639-1553 or visit www.spectrumgenerations.org.  Like us on Facebook.

 If you'd like more information about this program, Spectrum Generations or to schedule an interview with the Mid-Coast Kayak team please contact Marianne Pinkham at (207) 563-1363 or e-mail Marianne at mpinkham@seniorspectrum.com

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