What to Expect From Your First Paddleboard Lesson
My first SUP lesson was back in 2014 (I can’t believe it’s been that long!). I had learned to surf in Hawaii and wanted to replicate that same feeling of being on a board in the water back home in Toronto. A local SUP school was offering discounted paddleboard lessons, so my friend and I signed up. It was such a great first SUP experience!
Even before hitting the water, the instructor asked about our previous water experience, gave us a brief intro to the equipment, ran us through some on-land drills, and then matched us up with our ideal boards. In the water, we reviewed the skills we leaned on-land and applied them on water. We began by safely finding our balance and paddling while kneeling, then eventually stood up on our boards. As we practiced our new SUP skills and marvelled at being able to stand on the water, the instructor gave us feedback and encouragement, made sure we had the proper paddle stroke, challenged us with yoga poses, and took pictures of us.
Reflecting on my first paddleboard lesson really highlights the value that comes with taking a class. It was stress-free as all I needed to do was show up in my swimwear. The proper equipment was selected and provided, and the instructor told us what we needed to do and corrected our technique whenever necessary. I walked away learning the right way to SUP and couldn’t wait to try it again!