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Savannah Lakes Residents Show Big Interest in Paddling the Lake


Paddle sports - kayaking and canoeing - are low impact on the environment, relatively inexpensive, sometimes thrilling, sometimes tranquil and always memorable and are the fastest growing water sport today.  Attendance at the June 10th paddling seminar offered by the Thurmond Lake Sail & Power Squadron reflected the national picture.   Twenty-three people attended the three-hour classroom session in the SLV Activity Center.   Near the conclusion of the classroom session, the participants scheduled an on-the-water session for June 16th.

Seminar participants ranged from individuals who are thinking of buying their first kayak or canoe to experienced paddlers.  Most, however, got into paddling in recent years and were looking for advice on gear and techniques and to share their experiences.  The second session, on Thurmond Lake near Baker Creek State Park, provided the opportunity to tryout a variety of kayaks to determine what was comfortable or felt right and would be appropriate for the individuals intended use. 

The seminar was led by Power Squadron member Joe Belanger - an avid paddler with 30 years experience.  Joe’s experience ranges from paddling in the exotic Alaskan National Moose range, on mystical rivers of the Florida Everglades and close to home on Thurmond Lake.


Tony Abar
TLS&PS Education Officer