Row, row, row yer kayak at Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey this Sunday.
My husband and son have recently been laying the "we want a kayak" hints pretty heavily. However, I hesitate slapping down the major bucks for any hobby prior to learning the basics or at least test driving the hobby first. I have a garage full of equipment from past endeavors I was suckered into purchasing.
That's where Kayaks 4 Kids saves the day.
"Kayaks 4 Kidzâ„¢ is a self funded, non-profit program offered as a free community service to kids between the ages of 9-13 to teach water safety skills and provide a confidence building experience through learning about recreational boating. Our mission is to offer a fun, healthy and challenging physical fitness experience, provide a greater exposure to recreational boating rules and the techniques of water safety and to promote a greater appreciation and respect for the environment."
And it just so happens that this organization runs some pretty great free workshops.
"Each 3 hour class will cover:
Basic Introduction To Kayaking, Basic Water and Boating Safety, Rules of Navigation and Boating Courtesy, Paddling Techniques, Proper Safety Gear and Capsize Recovery. KFK provides a variety of ocean-rated kayaks with adjustable seats designed for youthful boaters. U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets (PFD) and paddles Class instructors are U.S. Coast Guard certified water sports and boating safety instructors, master swimmers and on-the-water spotters."
This Sunday, September 14 from 9:30a-1:30pm at Mother's Beach in Marina Del Rey will be their last summer session workshop for 2008. Make sure to check the details before attending. Reservations are required. Workshops are limited to 30 students ages 9-13. Since this is the last class for the session chances are it's full. However, I recommend getting on a waiting list for the next session.