Within my staycation week I was determined to tick something off of my bucket list, the sun was shining so it seemed the perfect opportunity to have a go at stand-up paddle-boarding (SUP) with Falmouth’s Watersports & Adventure Centre Elemental.
Swanpool Beach seemed like the ideal location to hire a board as Elemental only charge £10 for an hours board hire which I feel is really good value. They also run lots of other fun activities both on and off of the water including canoeing, kayaking, windsurfing, sailing, archery, bouldering and team building (for a full list please see Elemental’s website www.elementaluk.com).
So on with the SUPing..
Elemental provide you with all the safety equipment required and an instructor that gives you a comprehensive brief plus if needed instruction on the activity (additional charges apply for instruction), so don’t worry if this is your first time you’re in safe and experienced hands. Once we donned our buoyancy aids and our safety brief was complete we headed into the water.. The kind instructor even carried my board down for me.
I’ve got to say, I thought paddle boarding would be easy after talking to various people about their experience.. Believe me I found it difficult, I fell off the board within the first 10 minutes and the water was rather cold.. But after another fall I managed to eventually get my balance and I was off, paddle boarding like a pro..
Well a pro in my eyes, I was standing after all!!!
I really enjoyed this experience and felt extremely pleased that I was able to finally stand, but the rest of the time was spent on my knees. I felt so free just bobbing along on the open sea, with the sun shining and the gorgeous views..
That was until I fell off again!!
This was a fantastic new experience and good for a cardiovascular and upper body work out, it would be a great hobby to pursue over the summer months.
Elemental are a professional, experienced and friendly organisation who I highly recommend using if you wish to try out any of their activities and courses that they run whether you are an individual or a group, plus they also organise stag & hen parties.
I will be using them again soon and will definitely have another go at stand-up paddle-boarding…
Wish me luck!!