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Published December 1st 2011
Summer is coming and with the crowded beaches, you may hesitate to go out and play under the sun. How about picking some of your mates, and heading out to Penrith and trying white water sports at Penrith Whitewater Stadium.
Being the competition venue for kayak/slalom events during the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000, Penrith Whitewater Stadium offers a wide range of facilities for you to experience rafting and kayaking. Its 320 meters 'U'-shaped course will give you a real white water river adventure.
If you are experienced with grade 3 white water, you can challenge the course on your own kayak, as the stadium is open for recreational paddling all year around. They also provide 4 different levels of paddling course, ranging from beginner to advance level. The beginner course costs $77 and takes you for a half-day venture. Since it requires no prior experience, it will teach you the basic of kayaking. Additionally, you can learn how to paddle on the flat water with a couple tricks of leaning and turning your kayak. More details about the course are available here.
However, if you think the venture will be more fun with more friends, rafting is your way to go. For $89, you and 7 other friends can cruise the waves with an experienced guide. Also, each person will be equipped with life jacket and a helmet, so unless you are scared of getting wet, rafting is a safe and fun choice.
One attraction that is worth trying is a two-men inflatable kayak called "Funyak", that you can hire and enjoy with one of your best mates. It is a perfect opportunity to try out your paddling skills on the waves and of course it is great fun. If one of you fall, do not worry because there will be staff on the side of the course ready to lift you up from the water with their safety ropes. Basic instruction on how to swim and safety procedure are always provided before you get into the water.
Furthermore, if you want to relax and have time on your own, Penrith Whitewater Stadium has a Flatwater Racing Course where you can enjoy paddling with ducks and swans on a natural lake.
You can also grab a meal from the café or have a small picnic nearby the lake. It is a perfect summer holiday spot to spend with family and friends.