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Event Calendar

Kayak Kollege (Beginner)

Event Information

Date: Saturday, 06/30/2018

Time: 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Fee: $50/Person

Age: Ages 12 or older; ages 12-17 must be accompanied by a registered adult

Contact Phone: 815.722.9470

Location: Lake Chaminwood Preserve

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Event Details

This instructional workshop, led by the United States Canoe Association (USCA) certified instructors, introduces beginners to the sport of kayaking.

Basic paddling instruction and safety is covered on shore, and then participants head to the water and try out new skills. Topics covered include safety equipment, weather, proper clothing and general kayak equipment. Participants will learn basic paddling strokes and proper paddling technique. They will also become familiar with the various types of recreational kayaks on the market. Wet exits will be demonstrated by instructors on the water.

Group rates are available. Call for more information. Private one-on-one paddling instruction is also available by appointment only.

There are two different sessions for this program.

  • Session 1: 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: 1:30-4 p.m.

Event Requirements

Registration required two days before each program date: 815.722.9470.


All necessary equipment is provided. Be sure to wear clothes and shoes that can get wet. Consider bringing sunscreen, sunglasses and bottled water.

The launch area is easily accessible by a paved sidewalk trail from the parking lot. Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service to participate in this program should mention their request when registering, or submit a request online no later than 48 hours before the program.

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