Since COVID-19 started last year, many have gone to the local waterways for recreation. Jim Dietrich Park has access to the river and many have taken advantage of that.
Muhlenberg Parks & Recreation, along with the assistance of Blue Marsh Outdoors, has organized a basic kayaking 101 course for Saturday, May 22nd. This course will teach you about the various types of kayaks; how to enter a kayak; how to paddle; how to re-enter a kayak from the water; etc.
Once you have become comfortable in the kayak you will be given the opportunity to take a short float. This course will start at 10am at the red brick pavilion area at Jim Dietrich Park and will end at 2pm. All equipment will be returned back to the starting area.
The cost is $35/ person and reservations are made by going to muhlenbergtwp.com and click on the park program/ facility rental button. Registration deadline is May 17th. All participant must wear a personal floatation device that will be provided as part of the rental.
Participants are encouraged to bring a hat, sunscreen, bottled water, and protect valuables with a dry bag, or Ziplock bag.
Those who have equipment are welcome to join the group for a reduced fee, registration is still required so appropriate number of instructors are available.
Organizers say event is for the beginners, not experienced paddlers, and the course is contingent upon safe river conditions the day of the event. The Kayaking 101 course is open to all residents of Berks County. Questions, call Muhlenberg Township Parks and Recreation at 610-929-472.