Does kayaking or canoeing look fun but you don’t know how to get started?
Here’s your chance to get an introduction to a fun sport that provides plenty of exercise.
The city and South Florida Canoe Kayak Club are hosting a free demonstration and chance to paddle in a flat-water canoe or kayak.
Just head down Sunday to the Clermont Boathouse at 1050 Victory Way near the public boat ramp at Lake Minneola at the western end of Waterfront Park. Hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The flat-water canoes and kayaks used in the event are similar to those in the Olympics. The demonstration and chance to paddle is part of an effort by the city and South Florida Canoe Kayak Club to drum up enough interest to launch a local club of canoeing and kayaking enthusiasts.
The hope is to also spur excitement leading up to the U.S. Canoe/Kayak National Sprint Competition, which will be held in Clermont from Aug. 2-5, 2017, at Waterfront Park.
Clermont was selected over several other cities that were considered. This year’s competition took place in Oklahoma City. It promises to be a big deal for Clermont and Lake County — sprint races are expected to draw more than 1,000 athletes, coaches and spectators.
The new club will be the first of its kind in Central Florida and only the second in the state.
Those who are interested in paddling can either wear a bathing suit or comfortable clothes that they do not mind getting wet.