Being Big for Kids: Kayaking on the Canal

Being Big for Kids 2.0: Kayaking on the CanalThis is the sixteenth post in a series on being part of a Big Couple through Big Brothers Big Sisters. If you haven’t read the previous posts and would like more context, please click here for an archive of the posts. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters has many organizations it partners with that allow us to receive discounts and sometimes free offers around town.

One of those partnerships is with Wheel Fun Rentals. They rent out bicycles, kayaks, and pedal boats to be used around the downtown canal in Indianapolis.

Bigs have the ability to bring their Little and bike or ride on the canal for free, and that’s exactly what Daniel and I decided to do in July.

Most people waiting in line wanted to use a pedal boat, but since we wanted to kayak, we only had to wait a few minutes.

Since it would have been their first time kayaking on their own, I let Daniel and Ryan use a double kayak, and I took the single.

The canal was about a mile one-way, so it took us a little bit of time to make our way to the end and back. Ryan seemed to be enjoying himself as he and Daniel steered their way around the ducks and pedal boats who shared the canal with us.11741131_10207092736979486_481342062061502465_o

By the end of it, all of our hands were red from gripping our paddles, and we were tired, but Ryan seemed to have enough energy to want to take a single kayak out for a ride.

Unfortunately, we figured it would be better not to hog the kayaks, even if we weren’t given a time limit with them.

That said, all three of us thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, so I’m sure we’ll be back to kayak once more!

Overall thoughts and lessons learned:

-Bring something to hold your electronics, water, and snacks in. We didn’t forget any of these items, but it’s always good to have a reminder.

-Bring sunscreen. Luckily for us, the sun stayed hidden, but we did forget sunscreen.

-Kayaking is fun and tiring at the same time!

Are you (or have you been) part of the Big Brothers Big Sisters Program? Did you ever go kayaking or canoeing with your Big/Little? Did your local BBBS office have any neat partnerships?

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