Big learning day on the water for young paddlers

Wednesday April 10, 2019 Written by Published in Paddling
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Ngakau Toa Vaka (NTV) junior paddlers’ open day was held last Saturday. Children between 8 and 15 years old were invited down to Nikao beach for an introduction to one of the Cook Islands most recognised sports, oe vaka.


About 30 children attended with their parents for a crystal clear lagoon paddle fun day.

The event included swimming lessons for younger children to build confidence in the water and learn safety signals.

The children also had the opportunity to paddle on single kayaks (K1), stand up paddle boarding and paddle around the lagoon on the well-known six seater vaka (V6).

Bryce Irving, NTV paddler and winner of the Vaka Eiva men’s single race last year, was among the member who instructed the children in paddling techniques. His wife, Jacqui Irving assisted in swimming lessons.

Vaea Melvin NTV coach said: “We are aiming to have a junior division for this year’s junior vaka racing revival.

“We are hoping to take a junior team to Sunshine Coast, Australia, for the Gubbi Gubbi junior paddle competition next year.”

She said, the open day was successful, and the kids loved it.

Junior training will be  held Wednesdays 4.30pm-5.30pm and Saturdays 10am-11am at Nikao beach. You can contact Melvin on 55029.

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