Could those actually be kayaks in the pool at C.V. Starr Community Center in Fort Bragg, California? They are. And the people in them are learning basic strokes, safety skills, Eskimo rolls and water games, like kayak polo.
While community centers and municipal pools across the country have closed as a result of the Great Recession, Fort Bragg has opened a new multi-purpose family community center with competition and play pools, water slides and every sort of recreation from classes to workout rooms (a class schedule and pricing are available on the website).
With so much on the activity menu, it’s no wonder you can learn to ocean and river kayak without leaving the building.
Kayak classes are taught by Jeff Lazier and Cate Hawthorne, owners of Liquid Fusion Kayaking.
Monday nights from 7 to 9 pm are for drop-in kayaking. Bring your own or rent from Liquid Fusion Kayaking.
There is a 4-week kayak polo and games class scheduled for February and then an Introduction to Kayaking class in March.
After the training, you can head out on your own or sign up with Jeff and Cate for a serene wildlife tour along the Noyo River or wild kayak surfing adventure in the ocean.
Tourists, visitors and locals can visit experience all C.V. Starr has to offer at family-friendly fees (children 5 and under, $3; adults, $6; adult with child age 5 and under, $3 each).