Pool Paddling

Springtime’s free (indoor) outdoor-recreation opportunity for MSU students.

Does launching yourself down a thundering river in a tight tube of plastic, guided only by your courage and a double-bladed paddle, strike your fancy? If so, the Marga Hosaeus Fitness Center has the perfect activity for you.

Every spring and fall, the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation Program holds open kayaking pool sessions for those who want to get some paddle strokes in, knock the dust off of their roll, or try the sport of kayaking for the very first time. Best of all, the sessions take place in a warm indoor pool. This semester, free open-boating sessions are held Thursdays at 6:30-7:45pm from March 19 to April 30 at MSU’s Hosaeus Pool, and you don’t have to be experienced or have your own equipment to partake in the fun—you will, however, need your CAT Card or Facility Use Pass. The Outdoor Rec program owns 10 whitewater kayaks that are stored at the pool and available on a first-come, first-served basis, so get there early if you need a boat.

For those with little or no experience, kayaking in a pool allows you to get comfortable in a boat, start learning basic techniques, and experience capsizing, all in a safe, warm environment. There are always experienced paddlers who are happy to show new boaters the ropes and help them with the basics.

If the thought of kayaking doesn’t appeal to you, don’t fret — there’s another option. Outdoor Rec also has a free stand-up paddleboard session Tuesdays at 6:30-7:45pmApril 14-28 at the Hosaeus Pool (CAT Card or Facility Use Pass required). Come try out one of their new paddleboards in the pool and get stoked for a long spring and summer on the lakes and rivers of southwest Montana.

For more info on outdoor programs, gear rental opportunities, and instruction, check out the ASMSU Outdoor Recreation website or head over to the Outdoor Rec building at 1401 West Lincoln, near Roskie Hall.