OPC to offer intro to rock climbing, sailing clinic in September

BEMIDJI, Minn. – Bemidji State University’s Outdoor Program Center (OPC) will offer two events in mid-September, an introductory rock climbing clinic on Monday, Sept. 8 and an introductory sailing clinic on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

• Introduction to climbing

Tailored to beginners, the Sept. 8 rock climbing class offers instruction about knots, climbing equipment and basic techniques. The class will be held from 6-9 p.m. at the rock climbing wall in the Gillett Recreation and Fitness Center on the BSU campus and is open to the public.

The OPC will provide harnesses and climbing shoes. There is no recreation center admission charge for this class.

• Sailing Clinic

Designed for beginners, the Sept. 10 sailing clinic will cover basic knots, sailboat rigging and handling. Students will get a chance to sail. The session will last two hours, from 3-5 p.m.

Attendees should bring a swimsuit and towel and prepare to get wet. Each clinic can take up to 12 students, and pre-registration is required. The sessions will begin at the OPC boathouse in Bemidji’s Diamond Point Park.

For more information about the climbing and sailing clinics or other programs offered by the OPC, call (218) 755-2999 or visit it at http://www.bemidjistate.edu/students/opc.

Sept. 8
– 6-9 p.m. – Bemidji State University Outdoor Programming Center introductory rock-climbing clinic. Location: Gillett Rec and Fitness Center climbing wall, BSU campus. Cost: free. Information: (218) 755-2999; http://www.bemidjistate.edu/students/opc.

Sept. 10 – 3-5 p.m. – Bemidji State University Outdoor Programming Center introductory sailing clinic. Location: OPC boat house, Diamond Point Park, Bemidji, Minn. Cost: free. Information: (218) 755-2999; http://www.bemidjistate.edu/students/opc; advance registration required.