4 ways to get your kids into stand up paddleboarding
We often talk about how stand up paddleboarding is a great activity to do with your friends, but what about your children?
Generally, kids love stand up paddleboarding. Balancing on a board and paddling across water whilst trying not to fall in, what’s not to love? And the best part is, if done properly, stand up paddleboarding can help improve your child’s health and wellbeing.
Paddleboarding is something which can start at a very young age, and with the right encouragement and opportunities, your kids won’t be able to get enough of the sport! Here are four ways to ensure you give your kids the best possible SUP experience:
When it comes to paddleboarding, confidence is extremely important and even more so for your little ones. You should celebrate your child’s paddling success every step of the way by giving them encouragement, even for the little things.
Once they are smiling and having a great time, it is much easier for them to master the skills required for paddleboarding, as they will want to learn and get better, so that they will one day be better than you!
Teach proper strokes
Teaching your child the proper stroke technique is very important to ensuring that they are paddling correctly, and having fun whilst doing it. If your child is paddling like mad and not going anywhere, they will soon become frustrated and disinterested.
Make sure that their lower hand is far enough down the paddle shaft to provide leverage for a strong, effective stroke, but not too low that the child has to bend down to take a stroke.
Face your fears
This applies to both children and adults alike! When introducing your children to paddleboarding, you should do your best to remove their fear of falling off from the beginning. Explain to them that it is normal to fall off, and even the very best paddlers will do it from time to time.
If your child is nervous in and around water, it is strongly recommended that you introduce them to swimming before paddling. Water confidence is something that should never be underestimated, and then when your child does fall off their board, they can have a laugh about it and get right back on!
Setting little, fun goals along the way can turn learning the sport into a game. Having goals such as paddling to a point, turning, and coming back again without falling off and then praising them when they achieve it can go a long way towards inspiring confidence in your child. You can also add in a competitive element such as a scorecard. A little competition never hurt, and it may even spur on your child to get more into the sport.
These are just a few ways that you can try and get your child into paddleboarding, and don’t forget to check out our range of SUP boards for sale to ensure you are all fully equipped!