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If you are looking for a new recreational activity, mostly you just want to "give it a go." You don't want to spend heaps on new gear and equipment or pay joining fees for something you may end up running away from next month.
So thank goodness so many organisations run "Come and Try" days to encourage newcomers to take up an activity.
At best, you may find a new hobby and at worst you can add the activity to the list of different thing you have tried in life. Any way you look at it, you are a winner rather than a "sit at homer."
The Victorian Canoe Association Inc., (Canoeing Victoria) offers chances to try canoeing or kayaking on the Yarra River at Westerfolds Park in Templestowe. Groups are kept small with a maximum of six boats and there is a qualified instructor there to help. All the equipment is supplied, so you simply have to turn up. Who knows, before you know it, you may be setting off to tackle the Murray Marathon.
Telephone:  8846 4120
Cost: $30 per person, $50 per family (1 adult / 1 child over 12)
This is another come and try canoeing activity but with a difference. All that is required is that you can swim one length of the pool, and are happy to have a good laugh with your fellow beginners. That's it – no kayaking experience required at all. They will take you through all the basics, from getting in and out of a kayak, to basic skills and rules - and there are a couple of games as well with your fellow beginners. That's where the laughs and the getting wet starts.
On the first Saturday of each month at 9am, Melbourne Gun Club conducts sessions for those interested in trying clay target shooting. You are coached and supervised. Unlike some other sports, there are very few physical limitations to participating. Organisers claim it is addictive, fun and challenging. So why not give it a shot!
Cost $50 for adults and $15 for Juniors (12-17yrs) apply. Bookings are limited to 35 each month.
Melbourne Flames Dragon Boat Club run regular "Come and Try" days. This is a great sport for keeping fit and also for teambuilding. Wear something practical like old clothes (long sleeve t-shirts, bike shorts are ideal bring a windbreaker if cold), bring a water bottle, hat and sunscreen and a change of clothes. You are given a safety briefing, a paddle and a life vest and then taken out on the water with one of the coaches. It is a gentle introduction although if you are really keen you may wish to join in with the more experienced crew and get a feel for paddling at full speed. It's awesome. Sessions usually end with well deserved pancakes and maple syrup.
This is an active club with opportunities to attend races interstates and even overseas.
Track Cycling Day
Aimed at those 15 years and over these clinics allow you to experience the thrill of track cycling under the guidance and support of nationally qualified coaches. Sessions run for around 90 minutes. Track bikes provided by Cycling Victoria if you don't have your ow. Bring your own helmet with the Australian Standard sticker AS/NZS 2063 in tact and proper cycling shorts or pants, a top with sleeves, no loose clothing, and runners.
Contact Alan Mok via email Alan.Mok@cycling.org.au or phone the Cycling Victoria offices on (03) 8480 3077.