Inwood Canoe Club Season to Kick Off Memorial Day Weekend

By Nigel Chiwaya on May 10, 2013 9:24am 

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 The Inwood Canoe Club hosts weekly tours along the Hudson River during the summer.
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INWOOD — Get your life-jackets and water shoes — the Inwood Canoe Club is getting ready to return for another summer.

Manhattan's oldest canoe club will kick off its public paddling season on May 26. From then until Labor Day, the club will offer Sunday morning kayaking tours of the Hudson River.

The tours will introduce participants to the basics of kayaking, canoeing and water safety before taking them on half-hour trips from the club's headquarters on Dyckman Street just south of La Marina to sites including the George Washington Bridge.

"It's a great way to experience the river," Canoe Club secretary Kevin McKeon said. "It's a real good feeling once you're out there paddling."

McKeon added that previous kayaking experience isn't needed, as the canoe club has special sit-top kayaks designed for beginners.

"A lot of people think kayaking might be difficult, but we're here to make it accessible," he said.

Insurance fees are $4 per session of $15 for the entire season. While previous kayaking experience isn't required, participants should be strong swimmers and are expected to wear life vests at all times.

The Canoe Club, which has been offering tours since 2000, was founded in 1902. Five of its members competed for the United States in the Olympics between 1936 and 1986.

The public session will be held every Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon. For more information call 212-810-9597 or visit http://www.inwoodcanoeclub.com.

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