Fun by the sea as children try out kayaking in Portsmouth

(l-r)Jaimie Bick with Dylan Beesley. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142312-7)
(l-r)Jaimie Bick with Dylan Beesley. 'Picture: Ian Hargreaves (142312-7)
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SPENDING a day at the beach is something families do throughout the summer.

And now Portsmouth Watersports Centre has arranged to make it a lot more fun.

Yesterday children were able to have a go at kayaking, paddle boarding and wind-surfing.

People from the centre in Eastern Road will be at Eastney beach every day this summer – weather permitting – to give anyone above eight years old the chance to try a new sport.

Twins Mimi and Oliver Mason, who attend St Swithun’s Catholic Primary in Southsea, were at the beach with their grandmother Brigid. They were having fun on the kayaks.

Oliver, aged 10, said: ‘We’ve spent a lot of time at the beach and it’s been fun.

‘I liked kayaking on the big waves.’

Mimi added: ‘It’s been good.

‘It was difficult at first but once we got used to it, it was fun.’

Mrs Mason said that it was good that activities were available for children in the summer holidays.

‘Once we heard about this, we were keen to come down,’ she said.

‘The kids had so much fun.

‘I think that children should learn a new skill during the holidays.’

Matt Rothwell and Jaimie Bick, both duty managers at Portsmouth Watersports Centre, helped the children.

Matt said: ‘We have had a good response and we hope to get busier.

‘The kids who have taken part so far have had lots of fun and they have been getting the hang of it quickly.’