SAMANTHA EVANS

Do you enjoy being outdoors and near the water? Then you should get involved with TuksCanoeing. Not only is it a great way to improve your fitness but it also gives you the opportunity to meet new people.

Canoeing has been a part of the Tuks sports curriculum since the 1970s and is a popular choice among students who enjoy getting on the water and developing a variety of skills such as co-ordination, balance and their core stability.

The “learn to canoe” programme on offer at Tuks allows students to try out the sport for 6 lessons. For the duration of these 6 lessons equipment is provided and coaches are on hand to offer advice and introduce techniques to beginners. If students would like to continue with training after the initial 6 lessons, they are encouraged to join the club as an official member. Students who do join the club would then need to purchase their own equipment.

In canoeing, there are three main categories: flat water marathon, flat water sprints and river marathon. Each discipline requires a specific training technique, so training differs from person to person. Sprint training involves drills, intervals and distance specific training. On the other hand, river racing and flat water marathon training demands a variety of endurance paddling exercises as well as running. Additional training at a gym and core strengthening is also advised.

TuksCanoeing has three qualified coaches who are all highly experienced and love sharing their knowledge of the sport with students. It is advisable that participants wear clothes and shoes they are comfortable in.

Learn to canoe details:

Mondays: 3:30pm-4:30pm                   

Wednesdays: 5:00pm-6:00pm

Cost

R350 for 6 lessons

Club fees are R340 for the year and students can register at the sports centre at LC de Villiers.

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