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Astoria now has paddleboarding classes, rentals

Astoria Parks and Recreation offers paddleboarding classes.

Have you been curious about paddleboarding?

Now, Astoria Parks and Recreation is offering paddleboarding training and rentals at the Astoria Recreation Center’s new location at the former Yacht Club on Youngs Bay.

Paddleboarding is a combination of kayaking and surfing. The boarder stands or kneels atop the board holding a paddle and glides along the water.

Two free orientations are on tap at 5 and 6 p.m. Thursday, during the ARC’s open house celebration.

“This program allows the community to utilize the natural resources available to us at our location on the water and expand our services to include an open-water program and a fitness class in one,” said Angela Cosby, department director. “Paddleboarding has yet to be offered in Astoria, and we are very excited to be able to provide a watersport that gets people outside and moving.”

People interested in attending the paddleboard orientation should wear warm, quick-dry attire, such as a swimsuit and T-shirt, and bring a towel and change of clothes. There is no cost. Instruction is provided by Pat Corcoran, longtime Northwest paddleboard enthusiast.

Corcoran started paddleboarding in 2009 and said the orientations will be for anyone who has seen paddleboarding and wants to give it a try.

“The orientations are an introduction to paddleboarding and will be for beginners,” he said. “People will have the opportunity to paddle on the water and give it a try in a safe place.”

Regular lessons

Regular scheduled paddle boarding orientations begin in September. The cost is $50 and includes all gear and a two-hour rental. Paddleboard rentals are $10 per hour with a two-hour minimum.

For more information, call (503) 325-7275.

If you go

The free orientation is 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. Thursday during the center’s open house at their new location (formerly the Yacht Club) 1555 W. Marine Drive.

Wear warm, quick-dry attire, such as a swimsuit with T-shirt, a towel and change of clothes.

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