UREC Outdoor Adventures

Clinics : Lake House facilities offer activities

By Kimberley Parker
On September 23, 2010

  • Maggie and Tony Blair, lecturer in Communication, stay afloat during the Kayak 101 Clinic, Sept. 16. Kimberley Parker
  • Ian Brown, director of Outdoor Adventures, and Matt Rainwater, graduate student, demonstrate how to wear a life vest, during Thurday’s Kayak 101 Clinic. Kimberley Parker

Students, faculty and staff hit the water Thursday, Sept. 17, to learn kayak skills, meet new people and have fun.

"We had a full group of twenty participants," said Ian Brown, director of outdoor adventures. "I think everyone had a good time."

The Kayak 101 clinic is one of three outdoor clinics and three outdoor adventures offered this semester. Each is aimed at providing fresh interests, outdoor skill training and safety education.

"Seems like a good opportunity to learn something and exercise," lecturer in Communications Tony Blair said.

Blair and his wife, Maggie, shared a two seat kayak and practiced flat water kayaking in the lake water around the Lake House facility.

Madonna Rebulanan, senior, said she signed up for the clinic to meet new people because she is new to San Angelo and her husband is away on duty.

Brown was hired to organize outdoor clinics and adventure programs as part of UREC's student fee expansion project.

Brown said the education clinics at the lake house facility are aimed at providing a special skill set and addressing student interest.

"The goal is to start with smaller but high caliber activities that go off without a hitch," Brown said.

Brown said the success of these clinics will create the demand for more activities.

Dan Robertson, assistant director UREC, said the Outdoor Adventures program is more sought after because it is new.

"It's like a shiny penny," Robertson said. "All it's going to take is one student to get that spark that Ian has."

Two more clinics are being offered this semester. Backpacking 101 and Camp Cooking 101 will also be held at the Lake House facility.

Brown said the activities will address individual level of skill, as well as, educate and provide opportunities for student leadership.

"What we foresee is offering a variety of clinics each semester to see what is of interest to students," Robertson said. "If they are not working or meeting the interest, we will try something different."

Robertson said the Lake House facility will be staffed on Oct. 1, and operational hours will stay the same.

Brown said the biking, hiking and camping programs will ensue at other locations geared for that specific outdoor adventure.

Additional student staff has been hired to help oversee the other new programs and opportunities available through UREC.

The Outdoor Adventures program is part of a multi-phase expansion project that began last spring with new construction of the CHP, following the approval of a student approved fee to pay for the CHP building expansion, new equipment, additional recreational opportunities and more staff.

"The goal is to expand all of the programs so that there is something for everyone," Robertson said.

Robertson said as UREC grows the programs will grow.

"Everything we do is for the students," Brown said.

The upgraded CHP is projected to open in the spring of 2011.

"Try us out, you may find your knack," Robertson said.

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