WATERVILLE — Nine adventure girls from the Waterville area in grades 2-6, learned how to kayak with Dana and Murielle DiBiase of the Penobscot Paddle and Chowder Society in the Alfond Youth Center pool Saturday.

The girls learned how to enter and exit a kayak correctly, the different ways to paddle, how to flip over a kayak, and what to do if they were ever in that situation alone. They learned how the kayaks moved and felt in the water, and had a chance to play around with them by sitting and standing on them upside-down.

The Adventure Girls program provides a space where girls can not only see women in male-dominated fields breaking stereotypes, but participate alongside them. The program is part of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a nonprofit based in Waterville whose mission is to create opportunities, develop programs, and provide services that empower girls and young women.