Every Tuesday evening from early April through late October (weather depending) the Cornell Outing Club paddles on Beebe Lake from 5:30 onwards until its regular Tuesday evening meeting at 7:30. Come paddle with us! Nonmembers are welcome for their first session -- if you want to continue to join us and use our kayaks and canoes, we only ask that you join the club for our extremely modest membership fee.
Kayakers will have to demonstrate the capability of doing two "wet exits" under the supervision of a qualified club paddler before they will be allowed the use of a kayak with spray skirt attached -- this involves some basic instruction, followed by lake practice involving flipping upside down, popping the spray skirt, and leaving the boat. You will obviously get wet! Don't worry -- bring a towel and enjoy hot cocoa afterwards in our clubhouse to warm back up.
Canoeists only need to wear a club-provided personal flotation device.
The upper end of Beebe Lake is a wonderful canyon complete with a jumpable waterfall for advanced paddlers and some nice cross currents for practice. Skills learned here are a great starting point for more advanced trips with the club.
In the winter, we organize several pool sessions at Helen Newman pool for warm water kayak rolling practice.