On Wednesday August 27 GippSport’s Access for All Abilities program in partnership with Wellington Shire Council’s Rural Access program and the Sale to Sea Disability Kayak Challenge committee ran a come and try kayaking event at Aqua Energy, Sale. Two sessions were run with 12 people participating in the come and try session that evening whilst 12 VCAL students from the Sale Specialist School enjoyed a session during the day.

Leisa Jarvis

The sessions were led by Aqua Energy’s Wayne Leviston who taught all the participants the relevant water safety knowledge and techniques such as jumping into the water whilst wearing their life jackets and learning how to float while in the water. These techniques helped build up the confidence of those involved and got them excited to leap into the kayak and start working on their skills by paddling up and down the length of the pool. Sale to Sea committee members were present to provide assistance and advice once participants were in the kayak.

These sessions gave those who were involved an opportunity to practice for the upcoming Sale to Sea Disability Kayaking Challenge that will be held in March 2015. The Challenge is a great opportunity for people with disabilities to join in for as long as they wish to paddle for, whether it be long or short distance. The challenge will travel a collective distance of 120 kilometres starting at Sale and finishing in Lakes Entrance.

Another come and try session will be held on 24 September at 5pm. Those interested should contact Leanne Wishart – RuralAccess Wellington Shire Council on 5142 3464 or GippSport’s Brenton Dinsdale on 0447 358 330.