Answers to FAQs
Q. What is Stand-Up Paddleboarding (SUP)?
A. It is the fast-growing water sport/recreation in the world! The popularity of the modern sport of SUP has its origin in the Hawaiian Islands in the 20th century. The resurgence started again in the early 1960s; the surfers would stand on their long boards, and paddle out with outrigger paddles to take pictures of the tourists learning to surf.
Q. Why should I try Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP)?
A. It’s new, exciting, adventurous and peaceful all at the same time! It’s easy and it’s fun! And it gets you outdoors and on the water! The view from a Paddleboard is incredible! Since you're standing at your full height, you'll enjoy wonderful views of the horizon! Some say, it’s almost like walking on water! The health benefits are terrific ...working your core muscles and your entire body at the same time!
Q. Is it hard to learn to Stand Up Paddleboard?
A. Paddleboarding is very easy to learn. Within one hour you can become very comfortable in the water and on your board.
Q. Is Stand Up Paddleboarding exercise?
A. Paddleboarding is a great core workout – muscle groups in the mid-section of the body – that strengthen the stomach and lower back. The combined effort of balancing on the paddleboard and the torso rotation of the paddle stroke provide a great total body workout that can burn up to 225 calories for the average, light, recreational paddler. However, once you really get going, you can burn 500 calories in an hour. And the “go getter” paddler can burn 600 – 1,000 calories an hour!
Q. What will I learn and do in the 1 hour lesson?
A. SUP lessons start with a land lesson lasting a few minutes. You will learn the proper techniques on how to pick up, walk with, and put down your board. You will also learn water safety and stand up paddleboard etiquette. Water lesson is about 15 minutes: You will learn how to safely get on and off the board, go from your knees and/or belly to your feet, the proper way to stand, SUP paddling technique and how to turn the board. Then you are free to paddle around and explore…
Q. What happens if I fall?
A. SUP is relatively easy to learn, but sometimes you can take an occasional fall while gaining the skills. The Instructor will tell you and show you how easy it will be to get back on the board. And then they will have you practice.
Q. Do I have to wear a life jacket/Personal Flotation Device (PFD)?
A. Texas law requires that everyone, no matter the age or size wears a PFD. No exceptions.
Q. Are there any age or weight restrictions?
A. Families are enjoying Paddleboarding together! There is a minimum age of 10 (children under 10 must SUP with their parents) and no one is too old - as long as you can balance yourself! Please contact us to discuss physical abilities and limitations.
Q. Do I need to know how to swim?
A. Not required, but you must feel comfortable with falling into the water
Q: What should I wear for Stand Up Paddleboarding?
A: Wear clothing that lets you move and that can get wet: shorts and a T-shirt or a swimsuit work well. Water shoes are optional. Many go barefoot.
Q. Do I need any Paddleboarding experience?
A. No! Since this sport is relatively new to DFW, most people have had no prior experience with SUP. The instructor will give you a great introduction to Paddleboarding, provide you with all of the necessary paddleboard equipment and give you an informative paddleboard/safety lesson.
Q. What do I need to bring for my Paddleboarding adventure?
A. Sunscreen, Water and Spirit for Adventure