Girl Scouts - Paddle Safety, Brownie Try-it!

Rio Grande Indoor Pool
2312 Arenal
Albuquerque, NM, 87105
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From I-40 & I-25, head West on I-40 to Coors. Take Coors South. Go past Central and Old Coors. Turn left on Arenal. Go approximately 1 mile to the Rio Grande High School. The pool is easily identified by the multi-colored waterslide coming out of the building on the West side.
Start Time: 
Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 10:30am - 12:00pm

The Paddle Safety class is a 1.5 hour program that emphasizes fun and safety....but really, it's all about fun and games!  We show kids that "flipping over" is part of the fun, and so is "climbing" back in! We teach them that a kayak is a fun toy, much like a beach ball, inner-tube or jungle-gym!  We'll play games like "Tow the Swimmer," Marco-Polo, Sponge Bob Tag (think "hot potato"), and Duct Tape Tag.  Along the way, your kids will become familiar with the kayak, how stable it is, how maneuverable it is, and learn that flipping over can happen accidentally, but can be a lot of fun if they practice the right technique.  At the end of the class, most kids agree - flipping over is more fun than the games we play!

The more fun your kids have playing in, on, under and around a kayak, the more excited they'll be about learning and going outdoors! 

This program is designed for kids age 5 - 9 years old.

As instructors, our goal is to over-prepared kids for situations which have greater risk, such as the Rio Grande Bosque or Cochiti.  Therefore, we recommend a minimum of 8hrs of pool time before we take kids outdoors.  The repeated exposure allows kids to develop their skills, refine boat control, overcome fears of flipping, swimming to shore in cold water, or re-enter their boat from deep water.  While going outdoors is the ultimate goal, we can form good habits by making "hard moves on easy water" where there is less risk.  We also look for comprehension of important safety information from one class to the next; can they follow directions, without question or delay, choose and properly adjust their own PFD, and orient the paddle correctly; if they're constatnly holding the paddle backwards and upside down, we know that more time is needed before using a spray skirt or paddling on the Rio Grande. 

"I and my daughter Nia enjoyed attending the class.  Of course, Nia took to the class quite fast and enjoyed flipping the kayak and climbing back in as well as the games that were played.  If she had her choice, she could have stayed playing again and again.  I on the other hand am no fish in the water and was a scared cat when it came to the first couple of times to flip, but after some practice learning the technique and encouragement from both the instructors and my daughter, it was fun.  Playing the games while kayaking was our favorite part.  That was the time when you don't think about the tipping until it happens, and when it does, your automatic instincts kick in on the technique taught earlier in the class. We both enjoyed the class."  Eunice Johnson

$20.00 Before Tax

Troop leaders should register directly with Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, by contacting Katrina Garley at 505-343-1040.

Questions regarding payment, refunds and GSNMT policies should be directed to Katrina Garley.

Questions regarding the GSNMT Kayak Program, curriculum or skills development should be directed to New Mexico Kayak Instruction.  Feel free to Contact Us!

Kelly is someone who knows the sport of kayaking and is able to teach in a safe, effective and fun way.  Not only did the girls have a total blast, but they learned the names for all parts of their kayak and equipment, how to safely enter and exit a kayak, how to help someone else who may be in trouble, what to do in inclement weather and how to best move through the water (to name a few).  We had our last Girl Scout meeting of the year last week, and when I asked the girls what their favorite experience was over the last 3 years, 75% chose kayaking.  I would highly recommend Kelly to anyone and would be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Cris Todd  -  Girl Scout Troop #1521
Thank you!  The girls had an absolute wonderful time at the Paddle Safety class. You represented your sport well with the girls and it shows through their enthusiasm.  Good Job!
Melaney Olander  -  Troop 707


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