Meeting being held to introduce newcomers to paddling

The Penticton Paddling Centre is hosting an introductory meeting on April 7 for anyone interested in learning to paddle and race.

The Penticton Paddling Centre is hosting an introductory meeting on April 7 for anyone interested in learning to paddle and race.

 

“There are so many opportunities to get out and paddle, and train to

compete. We have women’s teams, mixed teams, senior’s teams and a

junior program. And we’re always looking for new recruits,” said Don

Mulhall, Center manager for Go Rowing and Paddling – a not-for-profit

Organization.

The two similar disciplines of dragon boat and outrigger allow new

members to choose from a variety of races of different lengths.  Dragon boating is a

sprint-type of racing with events held over one or two days, usually

including several races from 250 metres to 500 m in length.

Dragon boats race with 20 paddlers, a steerer and a drummer.

Outrigger canoeing embraces both sprinting and longer distance events,

with different boats designed to hold one, two or six paddlers. The longer

distance races are anywhere from 30 minutes long up to several hours.

The sprint races are similar in length to dragon boat, but some

involve a turn around a buoy.

 

“With such easy access to our beautiful lakes, it’s a perfect chance

to get out and try a sport that’s easy to learn, and then the sky is

the limit for how far (and how fast) you want to go,” said Mulhall.

“This is a sport that the average person – male or female – can

participate in and achieve some level of success. It’s also a very

social atmosphere.”

 

The paddling information meeting is being held

at 6:30 pm at the Salvation Army Community Church on 2469 South Main

Street (behind the Barley Mill).  For more information call Don

Mulhall at (250) 488-3100.