As a place to practice for the open water season, a pool is a good substitute to the harsh conditions involved with boating in the winter. It also works well to refine skills under a controlled environment rather than out on a river.
Cedar Rapids Parks & Recreation and Linn County Conservation are again teaming up to promote kayaking with pool time at Bender Pool in Cedar Rapids, 940 14th Ave SE. The drop-in pool sessions for kayakers will begin from 4:30-6:30 pm on Sunday, Nov. 18.
The fee is $10 per person per time. Minimum age is 10 years and everyone will be required to be in swimwear and a lifejacket. A helmet is required for those practicing rolls. Youth must be supervised by an adult.
4:30-6:30 pm Sunday sessions have been scheduled for Nov 18, Jan 13 & 27, Feb 10 & 24, plus a special Intro to Kayak Clinic “Paddles In the Pool” event on Mar 24. December dates were cancelled due to scheduled pool work.
For info about Bender Pool, call 319-286-5790. For further questions on the kayak/canoe sessions, call Wickiup Hill at (319) 892-6485.