Stand Up Paddleboarding Sessions Happening in Manly

Here’s a standout activity that your kids will surely enjoy! There will be a series of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) sessions taking place at the Bayside Park in Manly until mid-February. Perfect for water babies between ages 10 to 17 years old, these full-hour sessions are part of Brisbane City Council’s Active and Healthy program. Massive fun guaranteed, whilst having a full-body workout.

Stand up paddleboarding might seem like a challenging water sport to learn but anyone can actually be an exceptional paddleboarder in a short span of time, regardless of age and body size. This activity, which sprung from surfing, brings heaps of benefits. As a low-impact exercise, SUP helps with balance, boost cardiovascular health, and reduces the stress levels as participants enjoy the water and nature around them.

Much like a combination of surfing and canoeing or kayaking, paddle boarders stand on a long, flat board to ride or race each other as they propel their craft. Participants usually play in flat, calm water without any waves. 

Photo Credit: Sunshine Coast Surf Schools/Facebook

The Manly sessions, taught by professionals at the Sunshine Coast Surf Schools, normally cost between $50 to $70 but since this is a Council initiative, students joining classes in will only need to pay $5.  

Stand up paddleboarding classes will take place during these dates and times so you have plenty of options for enlisting your children.

Thu 9 Jan 20208:00 a.m.
Fri 10 Jan 20209:00 a.m.
Sat 11 Jan 202010:00 a.m.
Sun 12 Jan 202010:00 a.m.
Fri 17 Jan 20202:00 p.m.
Sun 19 Jan 20204:00 p.m.
Sun 2 Feb 20203:00 p.m.
Sat 15 Feb 20202:00 p.m.
Sat 16 Feb 20203:00 p.m.

To secure a slot, phone Leighton of the SC Surf Schools via 0412 563 191 or register online. Sessions are limited to 16 surfers.

There’s not a lot needed to join the lessons but participants are expected to be in their swimwear. For their benefit, they must also wear sunscreen or bring other sun protection like a hat. Students will be given paddle boards, paddle, wetsuit and a rash shirt once they arrive for the sessions.  

An Inaugural Walk for Women’s Cancers is Happening in Manly

Brisbane is joining the Walk for Women’s Cancers event for the first time this year, and it’s taking place at Bayside Park in Manly this September!

On Saturday, the 14th of Sept 2019, participants of Brisbane’s first-ever Walk for Women’s Cancers event will converge at the park at 8:00 a.m. and start walking at 9:00 a.m. to complete either a 3-kilometre or 6-kilometre goal. 

Photo Credit: Cancer Council Queensland

The one-day affair will also feature food trucks and entertainment so participants might want to bring picnic blankets and enjoy a meal with the whole family or groups of friends at the park.

The main reason for doing this activity, however, is to raise funds to support various research to develop treatments or programs that assist women with cancer. Participants need to register and pay the corresponding fees, which will go to a good cause.

Photo Credit: Cancer Council Queensland

Walk for Women’s Cancers is also a celebration of the strong women who are facing a tough battle and it would be nice to see their families, friends and even strangers connect and come together to cheer them on. Do you know that 4,300 women in Queensland are diagnosed with either breast cancer or gynaecological cancer every year? 

Photo Credit: Cancer Council Queensland

This event is not strictly for women, though. You can join in the walk regardless of your gender orientation, especially if you know that your modest contribution and participation will make a huge difference in someone’s life. 

Brisbane is the sixth Queensland regional city to become a part of Walk for Women’s Cancers since it started in 2004. For more details, especially on pledges and sponsorships,  phone 1300 65 65 85.