If kayaking and surfing had a baby, it would be stand-up paddleboarding. You might have already caught a glimpse of this fun excursion at Town Lake in Firemen’s Park. Although odd to see people standing on a small surfboard paddling through the lake, this fun pastime has caught the attention of many newcomers due to the all-body workout it entails!
If you’re looking to try this fun and exciting workout on the water, Town Lake at Firemen’s Park is having a 30-minute session! Ages 18+ only, and you can rent one or bring your own! Paddle two laps around the lake with a stationary workout in between. Paddleboards are on a first-come, first-served basis, so come early to reserve your spot!
Two sessions will be offered: 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM and 6:00 PM to 6:30 PM.
Unstructured SUP rental opportunities will precede and follow from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM and 6:30 PM to 7:00 PM. The rental fee is $10 for a 30-minute session and includes a guided program.
Boat Rental Hours
Wednesday through Sunday from 4:00 PM until sunset.
Boat Rental Fees (30 minutes):
- 2-Seater Pedal Boat is $10
- 4-Seater Pedal Boat is $20
- Single Kayak is $10
- Double Kayak is $15
- Stand-Up Paddleboard is $10
Are you hesitant about trying stand-up paddleboarding? Want to attempt paddleboarding on your own? No worries, here are some basic tips to help you!
Face the Right Way
Before planting your legs on the board, identify the front and rear of the board. Some beginner boards have fins located on the rear to keep the board straight as you paddle.
Using the Paddle Correctly
The paddle blade should always face away from you and should allow efficient strokes and less fatigue. Keeping your back straight allows you to engage your core muscles when you’re paddling, which makes your strokes much more effective, helps avoid back injuries and won’t burn out your arms.
Perfect Your Stance
Start with your feet shoulder-width apart and knees slightly bent while keeping your back straight. It’s going to take some practice getting your perfect balance just right. You are going to start off shaky, but as you become comfortable, your balance will improve and loosen up on the board. Your stance is what helps you create an efficient paddle stroke, so take your time balancing yourself out.
Everyone wipes out, even the pros. Some might argue that falling off your board helps you become a better paddler. By eliminating or reducing your fear of wiping out, you’ll realize that it’s no big deal! It’s best to fall to the side in order to avoid a hard crash onto your board. When falling, try not to fall head- or hand-first. Instead, fall rear-end-first.
Town Lake at Firemen’s Park has plenty of opportunities for you to get on the water and have some fun under the sun. From kayaking to pedal boating, there is a range of activities for you and your family to spend the entire day doing. For more information on other events, check out the Town Lake at Firemen’s Park Facebook page!