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Learning the Basics of Canoeing

DUBUQUE, IA (CBS2/FOX28)- Some families enjoyed the sunshine Sunday paddling in a canoe.

The Mines of Spain Recreation Area hosts the program every weekend to teach families canoeing and water safety.

Terry Rauch came out with his daughter, Lauren, to glide alone the water.

"It's a great outing," he said.

It was a treat to canoe with his daughter on Father's Day.

"It's pretty special being out in the water with Lauren. This is not the first time we have been canoeing."

They saw a few turtles, baby raccoons and some other creatures.

Wildlife that the father-daughter duo weren't only checking out.

"He wanted to look for frogs," said Jessica Picker about her son.

She used the outdoors to teach her two sons some lessons.

"I think it's very important to show them that there is other things to do besides TV and games," Picker said.

An outdoor adventure that doesn't only teach paddling basics, but also that safety comes first and technique matters.

Guides demonstrate how to correctly paddle.

"You're at your own risk when you go out in the water," Natural Resource Technician Matt Bonar said. "You just want to keep in mind you want to be wearing your life jacket."

A canoe lesson for all ages and a ride that brings families together.

"It's so nice to spend time outside together," Lauren said.

The program is free but space is limited.

Guides will be out with both canoes and kayaks through September.

For more information, check out their website here.

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