Interested in paddleboarding but not sure where to start? Try our introduction to SUP class! Learn all of the basics and embark on your next paddleboard expedition with confidence. This class is designed for beginners with no experience.
Stand up paddle boarding is one of the fastest growing sports of all time for good reason. It is a great exercise with a focus on core and lower back strengthening, the equipment needed is of lower cost and weight than any boat, it is the very best way to view both land and water based wildlife, a wonderful social activity that is easy for any age to learn and will allow you to travel farther with less effort than any other human powered water craft. Do yourself a favor and learn the proper technique whether you are a beginner or want to learn long distance or racing tips. Stand Up Paddleboard instructor Randy Whorton will show you the way. To secure your spot RSVP ahead of time and arrive 15 minutes prior to each session.
SUP Instruction - Fridays 6 PM
- $20 per session
- Includes Stand up paddle board rental
- Includes PFD & Paddle
Fridays 6:00-7:00 PM (EST)
*Minimum of 4 Participants for the classes to run
What to expect:
On shore there will be an introduction to the basics of launching from a dock and from the shore or a boat ramp also the basic body and paddle position. There will also be a quick intro and safety meeting before launching boards. Once on the water we will practice how to stand up and a very helpful and often overlooked skill...how to fall in and how to get back on the board. We will then review and practice the basic forward paddle stroke, how to turn and how to stop quickly.
Randy will also film each of you to show you how you look and then practice some more. For those more advanced we can review and practice several techniques to make you track in a straight line, how to paddle faster and some tips on long distance paddling. To finish we will review and practice several methods to safely stop and dismount onto the shore and on a dock.
What to Bring
Clothing suitable for swimming and appropriate clothing for the air temprature. It is likely that you will get wet. We also recommend bringing sunscreen and a towel. Don't wear or bring valuables out on the water.
Meet your guide:
Randy has been a stand up paddler for 6 years. He has raced a bit with 2 completions of the 31 mile ChattaJack race (5:42 best) but his real passion is for longer distance trips. For each of the past 3 years, he has paddled his board the width of the state, a 300 mile 7 day trip (SUP The State). Here are links to short videos of each trip, hopefully to inspire you to go long (2014, 2015, 2016). He has also paddled 58 miles down the Sequatchie river and an 80 mile run from Gee creek campground on the Hiwassee river to downtown Chattanooga in 17 hours. Randy is the founder and Director of Wild Trails that is driven to protect, expand and promote dirt and water trails in the Chattanooga region. Wild Trails has also began offering paddling races. Please visit wildtrails.org or follow us on our SUP Nooga Facebook page for racing and group paddle updates.