Water sports are a great way to get exercise outdoors and to diminish feelings of inadequacy when hanging out with a pet goldfish. Engage in aqua play with today’s Groupon: for $39, you get a 90-minute introductory stand-up paddleboarding lesson from SUPGirlz (an $80 value). Classes take place on Toronto's Kew-Balmy Beach by the intersection of Hubbard Boulevard and Maclean Avenue.
SUPGirlz' experienced instructors introduce groups of up to seven students to stand-up paddleboarding, a sport that entwines the giddiness of aquatic enjoyment with the benefits of a full-body workout and natural sightseeing. Introductory classes cover on-board fundamentals, including standing up on the board, proper paddling technique, and stoic stares into the distance. Basic exercises strengthen stomachs, arms, legs, and backs while relieving stress and improving balance. Gaze at the city skyline from Lake Ontario while embracing an activity that dates as far back as ancient Polynesian times, when water was invented.
Ancient Polynesian athletes had the right idea with stand up paddleboarding. As paddlers catch gentle waves and soak in the sun, the sport whips their bodies into shape as a side effect, leaving toned bellies, arms, legs, and back in its wake. At SUPGirlz, staff members—all of whom have roots in surfing and other boarding activities including wake-, skate-, and snowboarding—share their passion for the water-based sport with students of all abilities. Their classes range from beginner paddles to Surfer Sculpt, an intense workout that, much like a grizzled seadog's life, is divided between land and sea. Classes are every day, all day long during the summer. Join the 5-week series to learn to SUP and surf the Great Lakes, yes, you can surf here in Toronto! In the winter a fishing village in Ecuador sets the stage for their all-inclusive camps, which incorporate yoga, surfing, and stand up paddleboarding into nine days of outdoorsy fun.