Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Please join us for a a fun water adventure tour on Swift Creek Lake via Stand Up Paddleboard.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Certified Instructors from Black Dog Paddle Company will provide a Basic Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) class to make sure we are safe, comfortable and efficient while we paddle with a park interpretive naturalist. Discover new worlds just around the bend, watch fish and turtles from a higher angle and learn about the plants and animals native to the park. SUPs are stable and beginner-friendly.

Fees: $25 per SUP Package (SUP board, paddle, life vest and leash). $5 for a tag-along (bring your own SUP, paddle, life vest and leash).

We will meet our instructors and guide at the boat dock at 5:45pm. (Follow signs for the boat dock after entering the park from the main entrance off State Park Road.) You will not need to pay the park entrance fee; tell the park attendant you are registered for a program. Payment in cash (exact change, please) will be made at the boat dock.

Life vests are required for all participants. Minimum age is 13. No pets allowed.

We should arrive back at our vehicles around 8:00pm.

Bring:
- cash for paddle fee
- water appropriate clothing - expect to get a little wet!
- watershoes just in case
- sunglasses and sunscreen
- bug spray
- change of clothes and a towel, should you desire

Severe weather will postpone/cancel the trip. The park makes the final decision as to whether the trip will be cancelled because of weather, and they will notify me as soon as they are able so I can notify everyone. However, they usually do not make a decision until just before the paddle is scheduled to begin unless the weather is severe and imminent.

I will email the attendees with my contact information the day before the event.

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  • Valerie

    Very nice! Always like paddling and enjoyed seeing the wildlife! Thanks!

    July 14, 2013

  • Yun

    Mary, thank you for organizing the event. It was great! I enjoyed it so much even after fell in water.

    1 · July 14, 2013

  • Mary P

    Seven of us brave James River Hikers thoroughly enjoyed this evening of quiet and serene padding standing atop boards. Bryan and his crew from Black Dog Paddle Company were great instructors and the Park provided an interesting and humorous naturalist. We observed a bald eagle, ducks and some saw the beavers. This experience was a first for most of us, and I am quite sure it won't be the last for most.
    We competed the evening with pizza at a local restaurant.

    3 · July 13, 2013

    • Anne-O

      I hope there is a next time! Sorry I missed it!

      July 14, 2013

  • Jenni T

    Instruction was great. The equipment was top notch. So fun!! And....I didn't fall in - yay!

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • Theresa

    I loved everything about it. It was gorgeous and fun.

    2 · July 13, 2013

  • Theresa

    Does anyone have an extra croakies hing that holds glasses on that I can borrow for the paddle boarding?

    July 13, 2013

  • Mary P

    As of 2:42pm, Stand Up Paddle Boarding is still a go.

    1 · July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    its 2pm and the sky is dark...it looks like its going to storm.....

    July 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    is this event still on?

    July 13, 2013

  • Debbie

    Migraine Headache. :( Hoping for a next time.. :)

    July 13, 2013

  • Rosalyn Michelle S.

    Looks like lots of folks are dropping out at last minute. I too now have to. I didn't think I'd get off the waiting list so made plans with my mom who rarely makes it to Richmond.
    Maybe next time. Although, they do this SUP trip every saturday night at 6p at Pocahontas park. Maybe i'll just go one night on my own!

    July 12, 2013

  • Valerie

    attending event with own equipment

    July 12, 2013

  • Valerie

    Will bring own board

    1 · July 11, 2013

    • Mary P

      Valerie, thank you for notifying me of such so I know to expect you Saturday.

      July 12, 2013

    • Valerie

      Attending event. Changing rsvp to no so wait list person can get in and be able to rent equipment from Black Dog if they want.

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Greg

    I am signed up thru the PaddleBoarding Meetup too so I am changing my RSVP to No on this MeetUp

    July 12, 2013

  • Dennis B.

    Thanks and congratulations to Mary P for setting up this first time for James River Hikers type event.

    Mary is the leader/organizer for this event and she will be happy to answer any of your questions etc.

    For this event, I'm just going along to learn and for the paddle ride.

    Dennis

    1 · July 7, 2013

    • Mary P

      Dennis, should you have any questions relating to the historical nature of the Swift Creek Lake, how it flows into the James River and the significant role it played in a crucial Civil War battle, please save them for the Park Ranger/guide.

      1 · July 12, 2013

  • Greg

    Finally! A "how to" instruction event...and Boo, I am on the waitlist!

    July 8, 2013

    • Mary P

      You made it!

      July 12, 2013

  • Tammy

    Unable to make this - hopefully will do it again

    July 11, 2013

  • Monica B.

    I'm so sorry to back out. Will catch next trip

    July 11, 2013

  • Erika

    OMG I hate to back out but my hubby and I are in the middle of DYI projects. Hopefully my spot will make someone on the wait list happy! Enjoy!

    July 9, 2013

  • Mary P

    For those of you on the waiting list, check out our James River Rafting trip on August 10. There are still some spots left.

    July 8, 2013

  • Theresa

    I am on the wait list but mine has to be with a plus 1 (there seemed to be no way to select that when I put myself on the wait list)

    July 7, 2013

    • Mary P

      Theresa, I see a plus one now, so it worked.

      1 · July 7, 2013

  • Bobby

    I am waiting

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I want to go but I cant:( till nxt time!

    July 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can't wait to try this out!

    July 7, 2013

  • Anne-O

    I've never done this!

    July 7, 2013

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