Intro 2 SUP – Kid Version – September 5, 2021
Sometimes we have special requests from a parent to teach their child or children how to paddle board. This is totally do-able. Or… rather we will definitely have fun trying.
Regardless of age, all paddlers need the body strength to be able to propel themselves and a board through the water. Sometimes this is tough when you are a kid because you are still growing and not big enough to manage a board and paddle. This is why most kids under the age of 11 will ride on the same board as their parents during our tours and then either at the middle point or at the end we let them try it on their own. HOWEVER… as a guide I meet so many different people and I once had a 6 year old attend a tour and he could paddle better than ALL the adults! This is why it is tough to simply say our tours are restricted to certain ages.
Today we had Noah join our Intro 2 SUP class and he did really good. There was a bit of a learning curve as he practiced the proper way to paddle, however he caught on fairly quickly and was paddling alongside his dad in no time. As you can see in the photos, he is on a “normal” sized paddle board. We never recommend smaller than a 10 foot board for anyone in the sport of paddle boarding. Whenever someone asks about “kid-sized”, I still recommend at least a 10′ foot board. At the time of me writing this, my youngest son is 11 and his personal board is 10’6 in length and he can paddle faster and straighter than me on most days.
I hope you enjoy the photos and make sure to let me know when you want to schedule a kid-sized Intro 2 SUP class for your family.