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Are you ready to try stand up paddle boarding but haven't had the opportunity yet? Here's your chance. Our sponsor, Paddleboard Connection, will supply the rental equipment. You just need to show up with your sense of adventure, have some fun and get a nice workout at the same time! After everyone gets comfortable on the paddleboards, we'll explore the area south of Ocean Inlet Park; touring the beautiful homes of Ocean Ridge and paddle through a mangrove area if the tide allows.
Who should come? Any one who wants to learn how the basic strokes needed for stand up paddle board in a safe, flat water environment. This may seem obvious but I have to say it; you need to know how to swim. The lesson will last about a half hour with the remainder of the time you will be practicing your new skills.
What will be provided? You must RSVP for this event so we know how many boards to bring. Our sponsor is Paddleboard Connection; a mobile standup paddleboard outfitter here in PBC. The cost of the rental and instruction for Paddleboard Palm Beach County members and their guests is $40 for 2 hours (if folks want to paddle longer it's no problem). Paddleboard Connection will provide top quality stand up paddle boards made here in Florida by Waters Edge SUP, U.S.A. made Werner paddles, safety equipment such as leashes and life vests as required by the U.S. Coast Guard. I will be teaching the class. I am an ACA (American Canoe Association) certified SUP instructor. The ACA has been around since 1880 so they know paddlesports including stand up paddleboard.
What should you bring? Other than your sense of fun and adventure, you need to wear clothes that you can get wet in. This is a watersport so expect to get wet, especially when you are learning. It's advisable to bring water shoes or flip flops, sun screen, bug spray, a hat that you can get wet and will stay on your head easily, water to drink and maybe a snack if you think you might need it. What not to bring? Expensive sunglasses which tend pop off in the water.
When: Please plan to arrive a little earlier than 8:30 a.m. Good weather for paddleboarding means 'not much wind'. Wind conditions for flat water paddling are usually at their best in the morning. If the weather doesn't cooperate I will send out an email about an hour or so before the event.
Where: See 'How to find us' above. If you have a question about getting to this location, please ask me. Parking is free and there are restroom facilities at this location (Bonus!)
See you on the water!
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