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Sample a paddle at weekend Try it
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Come Try It
When: 1-6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through September
Where: Lake Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club, 3105 Clarks Bridge Road, Gainesville
How much: $15
More info: or 770-287-7888

Other Canoe and Kayak events

Moonlight Paddle
When: 7:30-10 p.m. July 17 and Aug. 4
How much: $15

Adult Learn to Kayak lessons
When: 6 p.m. various Tuesdays and Fridays through mid-August

If you’ve ever thought about learning how to paddle around Lake Lanier, but weren’t quite ready for the investment in a canoe, here’s your chance.

Through September, the Lanier Canoe and Kayak Club is hosting its annual Come Try It at the boathouse. The casual drop-in event is open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and is open to individuals, couples and families who want to learn some paddling basics.

“We have a person on duty, and ... the person on duty will help them choose the boat and give them some basic instruction, and they can paddle around the area for a while,” said Brenda Miller, office administrator for the Canoe and Kayak Club. “For more in-depth instruction, we have other things. But this is just very basic.”

It’s also a chance for former paddlers to get back into it, Miller said, and a way to introduce more locals to the venue, which hosted the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The Come Try It has been an annual tradition for years, Miller added.

“It’s really a big asset to this community,” she said of the former Olympic venue. “We have a lot of recreation programs as well as training programs for adults and youth. We really have something to offer for all age groups.”

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