Time to dig out your kayaks, packrafts, and canoes for winter fun and fitness.  Join paddlers at Hamme Pool on Monday nights starting in January for great exercise, camaraderie, and fun.  Keep your boating skills tuned up for break up, or get ready for that spring paddling adventure Outside.

Winter 2017 paddling practice sessions and kayak polo at Hamme Pool begin Monday, January 9th.

Boating nights are scheduled for every Monday from  7-9pm beginning January 4th and running through May 15,  except for the following holidays/scheduled maintenance:

  • Monday, Jan 16th for Martin Luther King Jr Day.
  • Monday, Feb 20th for Presidents Day

Paddling skills and rolling practice run from 7:00 to 8:15pm.  Pick-up games of kayak polo run from 8:15 to 9 pm.   The deep end of the pool usually remains open for skills practice during polo games at the discretion of pool staff.

Bring a helmet if you want to join the paddling polo game.  Face masks or full face helmets are recommended.

Fairbanks Paddlers encourages members to spread the word and attend Boating Nights at Hamme Pool.  These sessions have traditionally been called “kayak night” and attended primarily by whitewater kayakers.  Canoeists, sea kayakers, and pack rafters are encouraged to take advantage of the Monday night sessions to develop their skills, have fun, and meet other paddlers.  Many kayakers have several boats and are willing to bring an extra for someone to borrow if contacted in advance through the list serve. In Anchorage, pool sessions and especially the polo games have become very popular among packrafters. Adventurous packrafters have also discovered how to eskimo roll their boats with modifications such as thigh-straps.

If you bring your boat to the pool, be sure to clean it thoroughly before coming!  Get rid of the silt, leaves, and sticks from that last October run, and be sure to evict the mice and squirrels who have moved in for the winter.

Add Boating Nights at Hamme Pool to your recreation and social calendars!  Fairbanks Paddlers would love to see our winter paddling community grow!

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