Paddle in the City

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Paddle in the City
Paddle in the City
Paddle in the City
Presented By HERO USA
Paddle in the City
Paddle in the City
Paddle in the City

Every weekend beginning in May 2019 - October 26th, 2019
Come Paddle with Us!


Why travel far for an outdoor adventure when you can experience nature in an urban environment right in your own backyard? The Paddle in the City series is brought to you by HERO USA in partnership with the Columbus Recreation and Parks Department.

In 2017 and 2018, from August through the end of October, as part of HERO USA's community outreach program, Paddle in the City offered weekly guided kayak, canoe and SUP classes on some of the most scenic portions of the Scioto and Olentangy Rivers.

The 2019 season will be even better as we will be opening in the spring allowing you to to see downtown Columbus Ohio in all three of the paddling seasons.

All guides are certified instructors. Participants receive a Quick-Start to Paddling Safety course prior to hitting the water. Once afloat, HERO USA instructors guide participants down river while teaching skills development and nature education.

For 2019, we will be adding sunset paddles and opportunities to explore other Columbus waterways so check back soon for additional details about the specific times and dates of our planned paddles as well as changes to the programming.


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