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Introducing Young Kids to Stand Up Paddleboarding

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We first started introducing our kids to standup paddleboarding back in May of 2012 after learning about Pirate Coast Paddle opening at Newport Dunes. We met with a group of friends for a fun day of paddling together. The dads and kids all gave paddleboarding their first try together followed by a picnic lunch on the beach. It was a relaxed day of family fun with friends.


Tyler’s first time paddleboarding in May 2012

On the first visit to Pirate Coast Paddle, we attempted to get our youngest son Tyler out on the water without any luck. Since that first time paddleboarding with the kids, we have tried many times to get Tyler to go out on the boards. We were never able to introduce Tyler properly to standup paddleboarding until starting summer camp at Pirate Coast on Monday.


Paddleboarding with Tyler in San Diego

 The last time I had attempted paddleboarding with my youngest Tyler in San Diego, he had his nails digging into the paddleboard while screaming for me to bring him back to shore. I tried everything in my power to get him to stay out on the board, but I had to turn back to sit on the shore while the rest of the family enjoyed paddleboarding together.


First day of camp paddleboarding with his sister

The instructors at Pirate Coast Paddleboarding not only got my kids comfortable with being out on the water alone, but gave them the confidence they need to enjoy the sport.


Doing it alone on the second day of camp

Within just one day of summer camp at Pirate Coast Paddleboarding, the instructors not only got Tyler on the board alone – but got him standing up. The instructors introduced him properly to the sport so that he can now enjoy doing paddleboarding along with the family on future vacations.


Some parents can successfully introduce their kids to paddleboarding alone, but for those of us who are not experienced in the sport, a summer camp experience at Pirate Coast Paddle can properly get kids comfortable on the water within just a few days.


There are just a few weeks left of summer camp happening at Pirate Coast Paddle in Newport Dunes. The camp is 9am to 12pm for 5 days at a rate of $260 per camper (10% sibling discount).

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