DNRE offers kayaking class for women

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment invites women to learn the basics of kayaking on Saturday, Aug. 21. Kayaking provides fun outdoor exercise and is a great way to get an up-close look at wildlife and take in the scenery. The class is being offered through the department's Becoming an Outdoors-Woman (BOW) program and will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Proud Lake Recreation Area in Milford.

Introduction to Kayaking is designed for women to learn kayaking safety, clothing, types of kayaks and paddles in a safe and comfortable environment. After getting familiar with the equipment, participants will have the opportunity to get out on the water and learn proper entry and exit of the kayak, proper paddle grip, an introduction to the ''total body kayak stroke'' and rescue techniques. As with any BOW program, participants may determine their level of involvement. As a wrap-up to the course, participants can enjoy a leisurely paddle on the lake at their own pace.

Instructors will provide a packet of information to each participant, which includes information on equipment, safety items and other resources.

This class is offered in cooperation with Black Parrot Paddling, LLC, Heavener Canoe and Kayak Livery, Inc., and the American Canoe Association. Heavener Canoe and Kayak Livery's Proud Lake site is located at 2775 Garden Rd. in Milford. Registration deadline is Aug. 13 and the fee is $100 per person. Light snacks and beverages are provided, however participants should bring a lunch.

For registration forms and information on this and other BOW programs, visit www. michigan. gov/bow, call 517-241-2225 or email dnr-outdoors-woman@michigan.gov.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment is committed to the conservation, protection, management, and accessible use and enjoyment of the state's environment, natural resources, and related economic interests for current and future generations. Learn more at www.michigan. gov/dnre.

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Published: Thu, Jul 22, 2010