This Saturday, I will take out some adventurous clients on a 90 minute Standup Paddle Board Excursion. Midway through our excursion, we will break for some Standup Paddle Board Yoga. Nothing will take you out of your element more than trying to do Warrior III on a Paddle Board. This sport allows for so much freedom, adventure, and relaxation all rolled into one. If weather permitted... currently we are in hurricane season here in Southwest Florida...I would be on my board every day.
Although Standup Paddle Boarding may seem like all fun and games; there is a lot that goes into preparing for your SUP Adventure before you even step on your board. First things first...ALWAYS check the weather. Our weather here is constantly changing, especially in the summer...and the last thing you want is to get stuck out in the Gulf or even the back waters when a huge storm rolls in. Be prepared. There are dozens of radar and weather apps; know what you are heading out into..and know what is around you. Where will you go if the weather gets bad? Do you have a plan B?
I typically have a water proof bag hooked to the front of my board full of almost anything we could need, luckily we rarely have to utilize it. There are obvious items you will need when out of the water...sunscreen, water, sunglasses, hat, life jacket and more water. The sun is more intense when you are out on the water; protect yourself. Paddle boarding can very relaxing and soothing, connecting with nature; but it is a workout. Stay hydrated and fuel your body before going out. Extra items I tend to pack in my water proof bag are...snacks. I once had to tow a girl in because she passed out due to lack of calories before paddling. Rope, whistle, hair ties, bandaids and duck tape are all essentials in my bag. When I am out on the water I like to be ready for anything; you never know what adventure may be ahead.
Lastly, don’t go alone. Always paddle with a buddy, or tell someone when and where you are going and let them know as soon as you return. Be safe.
Paddle boarding is one of my favorite sports, and is such a simple way to connect with nature and the beauty all around us. Go out, explore, be safe, and most of all have fun!
If you missed this weekend’s excursion email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when our next adventure will begin!