St. Martin

Jun 11, 2013 12:33 PM

Tour du Teche sponsoring youth kayaking, canoe camp and races

BREAUX BRIDGE | Tour du Teche is holding a camp for young paddlers on Bayou Teche on June 24 to 28 followed by the second annual Petite Tour du Teche kayak and canoe races on June 29 and 30.

Both events will be held in beautiful Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux, next to St. Bernard School.

The paddling camp is for youths 12 to 17. Younger kids may attend if they are members of a sponsored paddle team. Skills covered include canoeing, kayaking, bicycle safety, first aid and CPR. Sessions will be from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. each day. The cost is $200 per participant and includes lunch, equipment rental, and first aid/CPR certifications.

Registration closes June 21. Last day to register via postal mail is June 14. Any registrations after June 14 should be faxed or e-mailed.

Petite Tour du Teche, for paddlers 5 to 17, is a series of short races for young paddlers. Distances range from 250 yards to one mile. The longer races are done in legs, so that all of the action takes place at Parc des Ponts de Pont Breaux, where family and friends can watch. Prizes are ribbons and certificates. The race is sanctioned by the United States Canoe Association.

For more information go to www.tourduteche.com or call Executive Director Nicole Patin at (337) 789-0319.

Major sponsors for Tour du Teche, Inc. are Teche Federal Bank, Chevron, and Teche News.

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