If you have thought about trying Stand Up Paddle Boarding but are unsure, join in the free trial run by Yu On Blue Australia down at Bicton Baths. The trial is free and runs for an hour by gorgeous instructors and Yu On Blue owners, Sally and Lach Simpson.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding is great activity for all skill levels. You don’t need to have surfing or boarding experience. Basic survival swimming skills are required. It is open to all ages at all stages and seniors are very welcome! Of course if you have any issues, let the instructors know first and they will be sure to guide you appropriately. There is no pressure of any sort. I was a bit reluctant knowing my coordination and balance levels were not the greatest. But a few times out with a few handy tips from the instructors and I was soon paddling with confidence. It’s a fantastic sport for core strengthening and brilliant for balance. It’s also mentally healthy as there is no pressure and there is nothing more calming than being out on the water. When you get tired you can opt to kneel if the knees allow it of course or sit. It really is lovely floating on the water and taking in the surrounds. There are many locations to continue your practice. Drakesbrook Weir is lovely for a day trip and the flat, calm waters are perfect to practice upon.
The weeks can differ as to how many people are there. Some come along for paid lessons and some are keen to have a go to gauge if it’s worth taking up lessons or even purchasing a board. There are many companies offering lessons along the Swan River, we highly recommend Yu On Blu especially if you are just starting out. The instructors are really encouraging. They could see I was nervous and even though they were fairly busy, were generous with their time and support.There were all walks of life having a go, including a couple in their 70’s, young children and all and everyone in between. There is absolutely no pressure to purchase a board or even pay for a group of lessons, however if you are interested, both are really worth doing as you get friendly service and ongoing support.
DEMO LESSONS: 8 – 9am Saturdays – FREE
PAID LESSONS: PRIVATE 1 – $95 GROUP (2-8) – $65pp GROUP (9-16) – $50 – $65pp
*all SUP equipment provided *we offer a full refund if you are not satisfied with your lesson.*
Lessons run for 90 minutes, with one hour water time and 30 minutes dedicated to safety, theory and a post paddle debrief.
WHERE: Bicton Baths, 64 Blackwall Reach Parade, Bicton
SHOP PHONE: 9339 8293
LESSONS PHONE: SALLY 0410 712 915
EMAIL: [email protected]
SHOP ADDRESS: 323 Canning Highway, Palmyra
OPEN: Monday – Friday: 9:30am – 5:30pm Saturday: 9am – 4pm Sunday: 10am – 2pm
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