BYU-Idaho students don’t have to venture far to learn how to kayak. Classes are held every Thursday from 7-9 p.m. in the John W. Hart pool, according to the BYU-I website.
A $3 fee for boat rental is required each class and can be paid in the Hart equipment room or can be charged to I-cards by signing online.
“There’s a lot great of things to do,” said Morris Christensen, student Outdoor Activities Coordinator. “I think that’s the real shame for most students that come here [to BYU- I] is they don’t realize it until they’re just getting ready to leave. Then they’re like, “Wow, how come I never knew about this?”
Jacob Bryant, a senior majoring in university studies, attends the Thursday night open-pool kayaking classes and helps teach those people who come.
“I think it’s good that you can learn the skills in the pool and [in] a safe environment that will help you on the river. The instructors know what they are doing so they can help you learn. If you have the desire to do it, then [the pool] is a good place to learn,” Bryant said.
Chris Morgan, a junior studying biology, is in charge of planning the trips organized by the Outdoor Activities department.
“This is just one of the many opportunities that the school has,” Morgan said.
Morgan said the school is not running this program to make financial gains.
“[This] is just one of those things that I think a few years after people graduate they’re going to look back at all the opportunities that the school had, and they’re going to realize, ‘Oh those free yoga classes … I should have gone because now it’s $30 a session downtown.’”
Thursday night instruction classes will be held until May 22 after which the Outdoor Activities will be promoting various river kayak trips throughout the semester.
Trips generally take place at Henry’s Fork of the Snake River in Ashton, Idaho.
Sit-on-top kayaks are used during river expeditions because they require less skill and are easier to operate, Christensen said.
“I would just say take advantage, recognize the good things we have going here,” Morgan said. “Just fill your evenings with [activities] that the school has to offer.”