Well… It has been an exciting and jam-packed few weeks to say the least. Over the last few weeks I travelled all over New England attending two different Paddleboard trainings and generally working non-stop. It was crazy, overwhelming, fun and a great learning experience.
The first one, over Memorial Day weekend, was a PaddleFit Levels 1&2 Certification. I decided to become a certified PaddleFit instructor, after realizing how inexperienced many paddlers are. I have been wanting to teach Fitness Classes on Paddleboards since I first tried Sup over 4 years ago. It has become so popular on the North Shore, shops and rental companies are popping up everywhere, and I knew if I was going to do this, I wanted the education to back up the product and service. PaddleFit is a form based certification that prides itself on safety and technique.
Our first day of training was classroom based where we went through paddling basics – everything from types of boards and paddles, construction of boards, materials and correctly sizing. We also were tested on local laws and regulations, safety protocols and programming and structuring fitness classes. Our entire group was signed up for both Levels 1 and 2, which was amazing because our first day was absolutely freezing, windy and not ideal for putting our skills into practice. We chose to complete all of our testing and lecture in the first day, so we could do all of our practical, on-water training the second day.
The weather cooperated on Day 2, and the six of us, along with our instructor- Brent Ackland of www.NorthernSup.Com, put our skills to work. We were on the water for nearly 8 hours, with only a short lunch break to regroup. We worked together in groups rehearsing “intro classes,” along with ,”paddlefit classes” and were tested on the four major paddling turns (Brake/Reverse, CrossBow, Sweep, and Pivot)…
The second half of our day we actually took a PaddleFit Class that Brent taught. We also did mock- water rescues, and practiced towing. What an incredible experience, I felt absolutely blessed to be with such a great group of ladies for our training. We all shared information, and I am happy to have some great connections in the Sup World. Special thank you to Stacey of www.supsonas.com too, for the use of a leash and paddle my second day!
My second training was with Michelle Clarke of Full Moon Paddleboards in Wolfeboro, NH. This was a Paddleboard Yoga Teacher Training. Totally different experience and very valuable. If you are a yogi, aspiring yogi, or paddle boarder, this is one to definitely check out. We covered a ton of material including running a SUP related business, programming, poses, guiding flows and I had a great time with the girls.
Our first day we covered a lot of the same material from PaddleFit 1, with more attention dedicated to executing this as a business owner versus just a coach. I found this to be extremely helpful, and I really appreciated how forthcoming Michelle was with her information. We did a short paddle in the Back Bay of Winni, and then I spent the night at the Wolfeboro Inn. I had dinner at Garwoods, and a little treat from the Bailey’s Bubble Ice Cream Shop.
Our second day was dedicated to actually taking Michelle’s SupYoga class, some paddling technique with other trainers, and getting out to test out at least 5 different boards
I look forward to creating a great relationship with her, and the other girls going forward… Which brings me to my ANNOUNCEMENT!
Starting Summer (Mid-July) 2015, I will be officially starting my own mobile adventure fitness based company!!!!PaddleFit Classes, SupYoga, Fusion Classes and much more! I have created a Facebook Page for Announcements until everything is officially ready, so keep checking in- and like our page, subscribe to us by email to receive updates on our future class schedule and more!