Common Questions from Beginners
Last weekend the Billy Lush Board Shop had the pleasure of being an exhibitor at the Healthy Living Expo and talking with hundreds of health-minded visitors from around Knoxville about paddle boarding. We had a lot of great conversations with people interested in learning how to paddle, but who were also a little wary of the challenges involved with learning an unfamiliar water sport. If this sounds a little bit like you, then perhaps this post will help shed some new light on paddle boarding and help you get a better grasp of whether or not it’s right for you.
So How Hard is Paddle Boarding?
The most common question we heard from those who were inexperienced was, “Is it difficult to balance on a paddle board?” Or as it was often phrased by those who were a little more to the point in their concern, “Am I going to fall off this thing!?”
The answers to these questions are, of course, relative to each individual, but we find that most first-time paddle boarders are surprised by how easy it is to learn. The majority of beginners who take our Paddle 101 class tell us that they had over-estimated the difficulty of maintaining their balance while paddling.
I often describe the experience of paddle boarding as taking a walk on the water, and frankly it requires about the same degree of fitness and balance as taking a long walk. It may not be quite that simple of a comparison, but the bottom line is that paddle boarding is safe and enjoyable for a wide range of ages and abilities. Getting up for the first time is not without its sense of adventure, but that’s part of the fun as well.
One other factor that has influenced paddle boarding’s ease of use in recent years is the development of better designs and stronger, lighter materials. At our shop we stock our rental fleet with top of the line recreational-style paddle boards that are great for flat water paddling whether you are a beginner, seasoned veteran or have just come out for our paddle board yoga classes.