Unlike canoes, waterbeds, and recliner-lined rafts, paddle boards are among the few ocean vehicles that people operate while upright. Stand up in recreational support with today’s Groupon: for $49, you get a two-hour introductory stand-up paddleboarding class from Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co. in Great River (a $99 value). Sessions run seven days a week from 9 a.m.–2 p.m. and 4 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co. doles out oars and buoyant timber to transform horizontal swimmers into board-balancing vertical water-riders. Stand-up paddleboarding, or SUP, combines the wave-riding of surfing with the balancing of balancing. Today’s deal nets novices an intensive introduction to the sport, starting on the beach and moving waterward after the first 15 minutes. A friendly, experienced paddler guides groups of up to eight neophytes through SUP basics, touching on form, balance, and using Swedish fish to bribe octopi into giving the board a starting nudge. In addition to providing watery bonding and amphibious adventure, SUP strengthens musculature and its possessors with a thorough, unique, full-body workout. Sign up solo or enlist your favorite barbershop septet for a group jaunt through the paddle-friendly seas.
Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co.
The instructors at Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co. give visitors a lesson in Hawaiian athletic history, introducing them to one of the islands' oldest sports during standup-paddleboarding lessons. Guiding students of all fitness levels onto oversize surfboards that span 32–34 inches in width for enhanced stability, instructors unveil the thrill of gliding across the open water and low-fiving your own reflection.
Standup paddleboarding also imparts further health benefits to its enthusiasts, creating a steady, full-body workout that conditions the core and develops coordination. Beyond paddleboarding, the company's class offerings range from kayaking to windsurfing, beckoning beginner-level sportsmen to venture into the water. Long Island Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Co.'s team also leads tours, including sunset outings and eco tours.