Kayaking is a sport which is not limited to any age group. At LYC we have approximately 120 privately owned kayaks, and whether you are a social paddler or a competitive paddler you are welcome at the club, as well as your children who will find the shallow water of the adjacent Sandbaai an ideal learning spot.
While competitive paddlers tackle the water in all sorts of weather conditions, there are many glorious, still days when Langebaan Lagoon is like a mirror, and the social paddlers take to the water to paddle in a leisurely manner around Schaapen Island to look at the birds and the white rabbits, to paddle down to one of the restaurants for a coffee, or to adventure across the lagoon to Kraalbaai for a picnic.
This must be one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Several members of LYC compete in various national surfski and kayak races around the country:
- During the summer months the focus is on the “Summer Series”, which is a local Sunday morning get together for a race on the lagoon.
- The event attracts both beginners to kayaking, as well has hardened veterans, and the format caters for both categories to be competitive against each other.
- The competition is “age and gender graded” so essentially evening up the playing field for all age groups, both male or female.
- Held over 10 Sundays, and with points being awarded primarily for attendance, and then to a lesser degree on performance, it is a popular event that is both fun and competitive.
- An “Awards” function at the end of the season recognises the paddlers in their different categories, and is a braai evening enjoyed by all
- Many of the LYC paddlers also take part in various other canoeing or surfski events in the local vicinity.
- One of the most popular is the Westcoast Canoe Marathon which has paddlers starting off at the Riviera Hotel in Velddrif and paddling either a 10k or 20k loop on the Berg River
- A development program for previously disadvantaged kids and other young learners is also run privately during the 1st, 2nd and 4th school terms. Support from local businesses kicked off this program, which has an experienced and skilled senior paddler teaching kids in a safe environment. The lagoon is an ideal place offering protected and shallow waters for the kids to learn initially water safety and then paddling technique. Those that show an interest can then go on to compete in races.
- For more information about private paddling lessons:
Please contact Rob Meintjies on 083 635 2557
For social paddling or enquiries please contact the Admin Office on:
022 – 772 2466