Get set for summer on the water

WARRNAMBOOL Kayak Club hopes a burst of sunny weather this week could generate interest in a summer spent on the water.

The Merri River-based club will host the first of a series of come-and-try days this weekend in an effort to attract new members.

The inaugural session will be at the club's Raglan Parade home on Saturday from 1pm, while other sessions will go ahead on the first Saturday of November and December.

Committee member Lauren Eccles said more people were taking up kayaking as adventure racing enjoyed a wave of popularity across the state.

But she said the come-and-try sessions were open to people wanting to take up the sport for leisure, as well as competitively.

"It's been a sport that has gained quite a bit of interest lately, with the view to adventure racing that's become quite popular," she said.

"We have been getting quite a few inquiries about that from people in the community.

"What we thought we'd do is we'll run some come-and-try days, which we'll do on a monthly basis."

Eccles said the club regularly organised kayaking trips up the Merri and Hopkins rivers.

"Different club members get together and organise a time that suits them and head off up the rivers," she said.

"The purpose of these come-and-try days is to get more people out there who are interested to come along and give it a go.

"Not so much to enter the (adventure) races, but to give them a taste.

"Warrnambool has got great sporting facilities all round and we've got two fantastic rivers that people can take advantage of."

afawkes@standard.fairfax.com.au

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