Learn2 Paddle

Have you ever wanted to try kayaking but didn't know where to begin? Do you want to get out on the water but don't have your own kayak? You're in luck! Missouri State Parks is offering to teach you how to paddle and have a safe and enjoyable time on the water.

This summer, staff will be offering free kayaking instruction at select Missouri state parks. This will be a great opportunity to try something new and experience some of Missouri's lakes. We supply the equipment and the expertise; you supply the enthusiasm and an eagerness to discover nature and a new skill.

Click here to read the news release.

Learn2 Paddle Program Details

Missouri State Parks Provides:

  • Kayaks
  • Paddle
  • Life Jackets
  • Instructors

You Provide:

  • A good attitude and willingness to learn
  • Appropriate swimwear and footwear

Things to Consider Before You Register

  • State Parks recommends that the safest option is for you to bring your own life jacket for this program; however, there will be life jackets provided if you need to borrow one to participate. 
  • Please wear appropriate swimwear and footwear, as you may get wet. We recommend close-toed shoes you don’t mind getting wet and that have a back (ex. old tennis shoes or water shoes).
  • Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. (Parent/guardian does not have to participate but must be there to provide adult supervision.)
  • Participants should be comfortable around water.
  • This event will be held in a Missouri state park and all rules and regulations apply.
  • This is a family-oriented event. Alcohol and tobacco products are not allowed while participating in the Learn2 Paddle Program.

To help protect the instructors and other participants, please consider the following questions prior to coming to the program. 

  1. In the past 14 days, have you had a fever, chills, sore throat?
  2. Have you traveled to a high-exposure area in the past two months?
  3. Are you aware of any exposure to someone with COVID-19 in the past month?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, please let us know that you are not going to be able to attend.

2020 Dates and Locations

DATE

LOCATION

SESSION TIMES

REGISTRATION OPENS
Aug. 15 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - FULL Register now
Aug. 15 Wakonda State Park, La Grange 10 a.m. - noon - FULL
2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - FULL
Register now
Aug. 16 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - FULL Register now
Aug. 27 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - FULL Register now
Aug. 28 St. Joe State Park, Park Hills 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - FULL Register now
Sept. 12 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - FULL Register now
Sept. 13 Finger Lakes State Park, Columbia 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. - FULL Register now

Registration

The classes are free, but registration is required. Click on the "REGISTER HERE" link below to register. When you get to the registration website, you will need to enter "Learn2" in the "Search Text" box. The classes that are currently open for registration will pop up. Registration closes five weeks after the registration open date. All slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Register Here

If a class is full, you will have the option to register for the wait-list. If you register for the wait-list and a spot becomes available, you will be sent an email asking if you are still interested. You will have 24 hours to reply and secure your spot.

If you have any questions, please email cassidy.roling@dnr.mo.gov.

 

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