SUPIA Youth SUP Day | Groms Learn the Basics

Nothing but big smiles after a fun day on the water at Carlsbad Lagoon. Photo: Steve Adams
Nothing but big smiles after a fun day on the water at Carlsbad Lagoon. Photo: Steve Adams

SUPIA Youth SUP Day | Groms Learn the Basics

Blue Paddle SUP and West Coast Paddle Sports recently teamed up in Southern California to teach kids about both standup paddling and water safety skills.

The two groups hosted the SUPIA Youth SUP Day on June 4 at the beautiful Carlsbad Lagoon. Over 20 groms between the ages of 4-12 developed their SUP skills, learned water safety and most importantly had tons of fun.

Kids had a blast on the SUPsquatch at the SUPIA Youth SUP Day. Photo: Steve Adams
Kids had a blast on the SUPsquatch at the SUPIA Youth SUP Day. Photo: Steve Adams

There was a diverse range of experience levels among the kids–from beginners to SUP racers. However, when it comes to safety you can never be too experienced. Instructors taught the kids the importance of knowing how to swim, wearing a life jacket, using the buddy system, and even using paddle signals if they ever find themselves in a dangerous situation.

Once the young paddlers gained a complete education about the principles of SUP safety, they got to head out on the water. New groms started with the basics such as knee paddling before eventually learning to stand on their boards. They also learned about the proper way to fall off and get back on their SUPs–a technique often overlooked by many paddlers.

Volunteers gave kids one-on-one instruction to help them get on their feet. Photo: Steve Adams
Volunteers gave kids one-on-one instruction to help them get on their feet. Photo: Steve Adams

While some kids picked up paddling easily, others struggled to get a grasp of the technique. Even so, the volunteers and instructors were right there to give kids the guidance and confidence they needed to begin paddling on their own.

All in all, the SUPIA Youth SUP Day was considered a big success. The future generation of paddlers not only acquired important knowledge and skills about safe paddling practices, but also scored some free gear.

With summer break just around the corner, these groms will now have plenty of time to put their newfound skills to the test.

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