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Come Try It – Canoe for Beginners

Gainesville Times
By Kristen Morales

If you’ve ever thought about learning how to paddle around Lake Lanier, but weren’t quite ready for the investment in a canoe, here’s your chance.

Through September, the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club is hosting its annual Come Try It at the boathouse. The casual drop-in event is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and is open to individuals, couples and families who want to learn some paddling basics.

“We have a person on duty, and … the person on duty will help them choose the boat and give them some basic instruction, and they can paddle around the area for a while,” said Brenda Miller, office administrator for the Canoe and Kayak Club. “For more in-depth instruction, we have other things. But this is just very basic.”

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It’s also a chance for former paddlers to get back into it, Miller said, and a way to introduce more locals to the venue, which hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The Come Try It has been an annual tradition for years, Miller added.

“It’s really a big asset to this community,” she said of the former Olympic venue. “We have a lot of recreation programs as well as training programs for adults and youth. We really have something to offer for all age groups.”

For more info, visit the club’s website here.

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