Thursday, August 24, 2023
Mackay and Whitsunday Life
Outrigger Whitsunday has introduced a new session to its calendar where up to 18 new paddlers take to the water at each session – to enormous success already.
The new weekly Friday afternoon outrigger paddling is halfway through its first six-week social programme and is a great way for business owners, retirees, and visitors to explore the Whitsundays’ amazing back yard.
The friendly team environment is a fun way to exercise with no pressure to paddle at a competitive level, and it offers a unique way to experience the culture of an outrigger canoe.
“These new sessions are a terrific way for anyone to get out on to the water at a time when they may not ordinarily be able to,” Outrigger Whitsunday member Michelle Lynes said.
“It’s been extremely rewarding to watch new friendships being made as each member works together to get ready for the session and take our big canoes down to the water and then successfully learn how to paddle.
“Some sessions bring out the singer in the group, other times we watch the local wildlife or learn how to work with the different conditions that Mother Nature brings.”
The club also offers a social paddling time on Saturday mornings with bookings for either are essential.
Meet at Shingley Beach Fridays 4.30pm for 5pm on the water; Meet at Shingley Beach Saturdays 7am for 7.30am on the water.
Contact the club on their Facebook page or Michelle on 0421 159 852
Outrigger Whitsundays has launched a six-week social programme for beginners to come and give the sport a go