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Spokane Club offers canoe and kayak paddling clinics

Members of the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club head off on a group paddle down the Spokane River on July 31, 2014. The SCKC is planning their annual Classic on Aug. 23. (JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com)
Members of the Spokane Canoe and Kayak Club head off on a group paddle down the Spokane River on July 31, 2014. The SCKC is planning their annual Classic on Aug. 23. (JESSE TINSLEY jesset@spokesman.com)

A series of paddling clinics for canoes, kayaks and sea kayaks on flatwater and rivers will get underway next week in an annual skills program offered by the Spokane Canoe & Kayak Club.

The first in the series is the Flatwater Canoeing Clinic set for May 14 at Medical Lake.

The clinic for solo and tandem canoeists covers strokes, equipment, safety and rescue, hypothermia, transporting canoes, launching and canoe trim and paddler position.

Cost for the clinic is $55 per person, plus club membership ($25 annual fee), which opens the door to group outings and mentoring from accomplished paddlers.

The Flatwater Clinic is a prerequisite for the Moving Water Canoeing Clinic set for June 11-12.

Other club clinics include:

Sign up at least one week prior to a clinic at www.sckc.ws.

Info: (509) 325-2338 or email clinics@sckc.ws, or Lynaia Liptak, liptak.lynaia@gmail.com.

Participants will need to provide their own basic equipment. Participants must be age 12 or older, with other rules that vary by clinic.

For whitewater paddling instruction, the club recommends contacting Jon Wilmot at Flow Adventures, (509) 242-8699.

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