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.