OAKWOOD - A kayak and canoe safety training program is being sponsored by the Oakwood Arbor #759 of the Gleaner Life Insurance Society as one of their Samaritan activities in the Oakwood community.
It will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. June 14 in a private pond located at 7092 Road 205, Oakwood. This is 1.1 miles south of the junction of Ohio 66 and Ohio 613 on the east side of the Auglaize River.
This will be a fine opportunity for paddlers of all ages to learn or brush up on their techniques before the kayak/canoe races on the Auglaize River sponsored by the Oakwood Development Company the following weekend. (See details at www.odcohio.org)
Instructors will be Cory Hartman and Kim Sheets, Ohio DNR watercraft officer specialists.
Cory is out of the Maumee Bay Field Office. He has worked for the Division of Watercraft for 11 years and is certified as an American Canoe Association Kayak Instructor.
Kim is out of the Wapakoneta office. She has worked for the division for 10 years and is certified as an American Canoe Association Canoe Instructor.
There will be one instructor per four students for one-hour sessions in the water. Classes will cover basic equipment, safe carrying techniques, launching and landing the boat. Training in basic strokes including forward, reverse, stopping and maneuvering in order to control the boat will also be taught.
Safety components include information on hypothermia, basic clothing and fundamentals of the wet exit.
Canoes, kayaks, paddles and lifejackets will be provided by Auglaize Canoe & Kayak free of charge. Participants must wear sturdy shoes. Changing facilities will be available.
For further information about this training program contact Helen Maddock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 419-594-2797.
To register go to www.odcohio.org/gleaners.