Experiencing Abu Dhabi from the water is an essential aspect of our lives here, and we formed this group to organize the fitness-side of ocean paddling in Abu Dhabi.

We also have an active community on www.facebook.com/paddleabudhabi with videos to show what the sport is about, and technique pointers.  We use this meetup group to coordinate events and reach out to new members who are interested in moving from recreational paddling to sport paddling (regular training / fitness / competition oriented).

For infrequent recreational paddlers looking for a fun day out on the water we encourage you to visit Noukhada, who offer mangrove kayaking, sea-kayaking, sailing, mountain-biking etc. (noukhada.ae) or the guys operating next to the Eastern Mangroves Resort.

Our group will appeal to people who want to participate in a fitness community and are seeking a regular workout on the water.

Getting on a surfski / oceanski isn't for everyone. You will get wet. But those who persist and master the equipment are rewarded with a low-impact, high result, full body exercise that will develop your cardio, core, upper and lower body.  You need to be able to swim, have enough upper body strength to pull yourself from the water onto a ski, and be able to lift a 13-18kg ski to and from the water.

We paddle from the Abu Dhabi International Marine Sports Club every Friday morning from 8am in winter and 7am in summer.  Our members also organize training nights mid week.

The club has some equipment that new paddlers can use, and we are working to run introduction sessions every 6 weeks, taking a small class through technique and balance to get people going.

No better way to start a weekend than with a sunrise workout on the sea.


Ade, Cass and Dave

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