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June 25, 2017

Girls Together: Stand Up Paddleboarding

Recently, my daughter and I had a wonderful Sunday morning taking part in a Stand Up Paddleboard session with a wonderful project called Girls Together.

This is a brilliant project that aims to provide the women and girls of Cardiff with a variety of locally-based activities, where they can be supported, tutored and aim to increase their physical activity uptake. Girls Together have put on a wide variety of outdoor and sporting activities such as running clubs, Zumba classes, boxing sessions, parent and child yoga, netball and dance classes, to name just a few.

My daughter loves Stand Up Paddleboarding, so she jumped at the chance to have a lesson and improve upon her skills.

The session was for 2 hours, and she learnt how to improve her paddling while on the board, be more comfortable moving about, and get better strokes while on the move. Her favourite part was playing lots of board-based games, that ended up with her falling in the water and getting soaked!

It was lovely to she her mixing with the other women and girls and, I must say, the atmosphere was amazing. It was a very happy and inviting activity, with all ages getting along and learning from each other.

After practice in the flat water area, the group then had half an hour travelling along the River Ely into Cardiff Bay, using their new-found skills and enjoying the beautiful weather, which was very kind to the group all morning!

It was such a positive experience, and it was brilliant to be involved with a project that promotes such fun, exciting activities and experiences to the women and girls in Cardiff.

We discovered a new outdoor activity for my daughter. I hope she goes on to improve her skills, and that we can share new adventures together.

 

 

Country Kids

10 thoughts on “Girls Together: Stand Up Paddleboarding

  1. Oh my goodness, I bet this is something my daughter would love to do too when she’s your daughter’s age. At six she loves body-boarding 🙂 #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Body boarding is how my daughter starting and a great way of introducing open water to children. Stand Up Paddling Boarding is such a fun activity and builds water confidence which is so important as well. I’m sure your daughter would love it when she’s older, it would a really good way of building her skills.

  2. This looks like so much fun. I’ve yet to try stand up paddle boarding but would love to give it a go! (I think my boys are still a bit too young to join me.) I also love that you and your daughter got to do this together. Thanks for sharing. #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      It really is a fun activity and as I’m not the best at it yet, we spend most of the time laughing and falling in the water. If you ever get the chance I would give it a go!

  3. Helena says:

    What a great activity. I’ve tried several water activities in the past and think it’s a wonderful way to stay cool. #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a brilliant activity, lots of fun and really good for women to get involved in. Must admit I’m always in a fit of giggles when I give it a go.

  4. Oh my this looks amazing!! I have never tried this but would love too. I also think that my eldest would enjoy it when he’s a little older. Glad she had such a great time #CountryKids

    1. kim says:

      It is such a good way of getting children out on the water, and if they are water confident then they have the option of jumping in!

  5. Coombe Mill says:

    She looks so confident up on that paddleboard already, I bet she’s begging to get back out there again! I’m surprised none of mine have asked to have a go at paddleboarding, they’re all surfboarding fans. It looks like it was a lot of fun and it was great for her to be mingling with other like minded ladies of all ages.

    Thanks for linking up with me on #CountryKids.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, she is so good on the paddleboards and must admit is better than me! She really loves this activity and after learning how to surf I think this was a great next step for her. You should give it go if you have the chance!

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