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For many Victorians getting in the chilly Victorian water may seem no fun at all, but Surfing Victoria have come up with a great way to encourage females to be more active this April.
It’s called Coasting and it’s a Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) program designed especially for women. Coasting is funded by VicHealth and is part of their Active Women in Sport Initiative to increase female participation in sport. It’s delivered via Surfing Victoria’s network of affiliated SUP Schools and it’s designed to encourage females to become more active by offering an alternative to more commonly performed exercise routines.
SUP is a relaxing, low impact and easy to learn activity that is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors. It is a great social activity encouraging women to paddle in groups, meet new people, and enjoy the beautiful views from out on the water.
Stand Up Paddle surfboards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than ‘normal’ surfboards, allowing you to effortlessly balance on them and propel yourself along the water with the paddle. While you might take an unexpected dip every once in a while, it’s all part of the experience and getting back up on the board is easy.
The sessions consist of an introduction to equipment, how to use the paddle and how to correctly stand on the board. It also teaches you skills such as: paddling, turning, water safety and much more! The information is spread over the three sessions to allow plenty of time for practice.
The program is delivered at 17 different Victorian locations until April 30 including the following locations: Melbourne, Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and the Surf Coast, Port Fairy, Gippsland and the Mornington Peninsula.
For more information and to find a Surfing Victoria Coasting SUP program near you, head to www.coastingsup.com.
Last updated: February 27, 2018 at: 8:45 am
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