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Castaic Lake classes offer calm

Paddleboarding, kayaking taught

Posted: July 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 8, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Anthony Patsan, of Castaic, falls backward while practicing yoga on a standing paddleboard after receiving instruction in the lower lagoon at Castaic Lake on Saturday.

 Deysi Osegueda stood on the shore of the Castaic Lake Lagoon on Saturday afternoon fresh off her first time riding a kayak.

“It’s relaxing,” said Osegueda, a North Hollywood resident, who was visiting the lake with her church. “It’s a cool way to enjoy the sun.”

Los Angeles County Parks and Recreation is offering stand-up paddleboard and kayaking classes at Castaic Lake every Saturday and Sunday. One-hour group classes are offered at 9, 10:15 and 11:30 a.m. and drop in classes are offered until 5 p.m.

The 9 a.m. class even features yoga instruction on paddleboards, said Eric Reifman, a superintendent at the lake.

“The water is in the mid-70s (degrees) so some people try to fall in,” Reifman said. “The class is geared towards people who have never ridden a stand-up paddleboard or done yoga.”

Castaic Lake also offers moonlight kayak tours every other week on the upper lake. The tours start at 6:30 (after motorboats have left the lake) and kayakers often see wildlife drinking out of the lake, Reifman said.

“There aren’t any boats on the lake so it’s pretty private,” Reifman said.

Stand-up paddleboard and kayaking classes cost $20 and the moonlight tour costs $25. For more information, call 661-257-4050.



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