The lake makes the best office. On hot muggy days like these last few we’ve had this week it’s great to be able to jump in and cool off quickly. Apparently others caught on to this as well and we had a big group down to kick off our Stand Up Paddle Boarding clinic that started this week. It was exciting to see people learning to paddle board for their first time and we had a great showing for the very first session. Every single one of our boards were out; and from the dock I could tell that everyone was having such a good time. What better way to end the day, especially if you’ve spent all day inside, than to paddle around on the lake and learn a new sport. We provide lessons every Wednesday from 6-7:30. It costs $20/person and provides a solid base of skills to take with you when renting our boards later on. Everyone looked exhilarated and refreshed after the clinic and it was great to see people out on the water practicing the new techniques and having fun.
So, week three, and it has been pretty hot. Not the sort of hot where a quick dip in the lake or a freezie-pop make it all better. This hot is where you can sweat sitting down and probably watch the steam come off your skin when you get out of the water. It helps to be crafty when finding ways to cool down, and a handful of staff members at the community sailing center have devised an ingenious way to do so. The trick is apparently stand-up-paddle boarding. As a wake-boarder, snow-boarder and long-boarder, I would like to be able to say that I am well versed in the ways of riding. However, the first time I stood up on a paddleboard, my legs shook, I did not go more than 100 feet, and I thought I was going to fall in. Fortunately, with a little persistence, I realized that paddleboarding actually is quite easy to learn. Earlier this week, when a group of employees decided to go out on the lake paddle boarding, pure joy ensued. It brought my body temperature down a good 20 degrees and provided entertainment amongst people I am just starting to know. We laughed at each other as we awkwardly attempted tricks, splashed, and knocked each other in. We even brought in someone who previously thought paddleboarding wasn’t possible. So, to anyone interested, come down to the Community Sailing Center while the going is still boiling hot, and give stand up paddle boarding a whirl.