FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
BOB ROTATORI - 216-635-3263 -or-
ERIC BARNETT - 216-635-7014
Enjoy water recreational classes that are both, recreational and
educational through Cleveland Metroparks Institute of the Great
Participants can enjoy the knowledge and expertise of seasoned
instructors with all IGO courses and have fun at the same
time. IGO helps people develop or enhance their outdoor
skills, knowledge and environmental ethics.
Even though fall is right around the corner, there is still
plenty of time to enjoy the water. IGO is currently offering the
following paddling- and boating-related courses:
Stand Up Paddleboard Demo Day
Wednesday, September 12 � 6 - 8 p.m.
Wallace Lake � Mill Stream Run Reservation
Fall is a perfect time to try stand up paddleboarding. Meet IGO
and Nalu SUP & Surf staff to try out different styles of SUP
boards while having fun on the water. Brief instruction available,
come prepared to get wet. No reservations required. Ages 10 &
over. There is a $5 fee (cash only, equipment included).
Stand Up Paddleboarding: Introduction
Friday, September 14 � 4:30 - 6:30 p.m. -OR-
Friday, September 28 � 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Wendy Park � Cleveland
Try stand up paddleboarding before winter comes. Lessons are fun
and teache participants how easy it is to balance and maneuver on a
board that looks like a surfboard. Anticipate spending time in the
water, participants must be comfortable treading water in a PFD.
Adults only. There is a $20 fee (equipment included).
Friday, September 14 � 7 - 10 p.m. -OR-
Saturday, September 15 � 4 - 7 p.m. -OR-
Saturday, October 13 � 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. OR- 2 - 5
Eldon Russell Park � Troy Township
Enjoy a relaxing fall canoe tour and explore the beauty of local
waterways. Search for animals and enjoy a calming fall day, or
night, on the water. No previous paddling experience required. Ages
14 & over. There is a $30 fee (boat & equipment
Sunday, September 16 � noon - 3 p.m. -OR- 4 - 7 p.m.
Westbranch Reservoir � Warren
Sunday, September 30 � noon - 3 p.m. -OR- 4 - 7 p.m.
LaDue Reservoir � Ravenna
If kayaking is a better fit, join us for the listed tours. No
previous paddling experience required. Ages 15 & over. There is
a $30 fee (boat & equipment included).
Canoeing I: Canoeing Basics
Sunday, September 16 � 4 - 7 p.m.
Hinckley Lake � Hinckley Reservation
This class covers canoeing basics, boating safety and proper
boat control. Participants may be required to complete a capsize
drill so come prepared to get wet. Ages 14 & over. There is a
$35 fee (boat & equipment included).
Basic Sailing Course
Friday, September 28 � 4 - 7 p.m. -AND- Saturday &
Sunday, September 29 & 30 �
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
This entry-level course to small boat sailing will consist of
both, classroom and on-water instruction. Learn how to sail in
pairs and solo in small 14-foot sailboats. Boats & safety
equipment are provided, but be dressed to get wet, as there will be
practice on righting a capsized boat. Ages 16 & over. There is
a $40 fee (textbook, boat & equipment included).
Paddle the Dragon Boat
Sunday, September 30 � 5 - 7 p.m. -OR-
Sunday, October 14 � 3 - 5 p.m.
Rivergate � Cleveland
2012 is the year of the water dragon. Bring family and friends
out to join the Cleveland Dragon Boat Association for a different
kind of paddling experience. This sport incorporates high energy,
fitness, team building and recreational exercise in a fun
atmosphere. It is an excellent recreational sport for men and women
of all ages and fitness levels Ages 14 & over. There is a $20
fee (boat & equipment included).
Kayaking I: Introduction to Kayaking
Thursday, October 11 � 6 - 9 p.m.
Baldwin Wallace University
Learn to kayak with confidence this season. Through a
combination of classroom and on-the-water practice participants are
introduced to kayaking equipment, basic paddling strokes and more.
Be prepared to get wet! Ages 14 & over. There is a $35 fee
(boat & equipment included).
Kayaking 2: Flat Water Fundamentals
Sunday, September 29 � 10 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Hinckley Lake � Hinckley Reservation
Participants can add to their kayaking skills with this extended
class. This session includes Kayak I lesson plans but allows more
time on the water and teaches self-rescue skills. Come prepared to
get wet. Ages 14 & over. There is a $55 fee (boat &
IGO also offers equipment adaptation and assessment to make
outdoor recreation opportunities available to all individuals,
regardless of ability.
For more information, a complete list of IGO courses and trips,
detailed trip fact sheets, and to register, call 216-341-1704 or
online at clevelandmetroparks.com.
Discover new water recreation classes this fall with the
Institute of the Great Outdoors of Cleveland Metroparks -
part of your life, naturally.