Learn the basics
What to wear
Clothing: Quick-dry athletic clothing is recommended. Wear clothes that can get wet, and will be comfortable to move and stretch in.
Sun Protection: Wear sunscreen and a secure hat or sunglasses, to keep the sun out of your eyes. It is highly recommended to leave valuable sunglasses at home unless you have a way to secure them to yourself.
WHAT TO LEAVE AT HOME
There is no storage available on land, so please leave bags, purses and valuables at home. Your instructor will have a dry bag with room for car keys and small wallets. Your instructor will snap a few photos during class, so no need to bring your phone. If you want/need to bring your phone, be sure to have a waterproof case for it, or put it in a ziplock bag. (But remember, this will not keep it from sinking.)
What if I’ve never been on a paddleboard before? Or what if I have been on a paddleboard, but had no idea what I was doing?
Great, we’ll teach you what you need to know! Before heading out, you will be given brief paddle basics on land. Paddle from your knees as you leave shore. If you start feeling comfortable there and want to stand up, give it a whirl! If you prefer not to stand, you’ll still have a great time.
Won’t we float around while we’re doing yoga? What if I drift away?
You won’t drift away! Before beginning practice, you’ll drop an anchor or clip in to a line to prevent your board from floating away.
What if I don’t have much yoga experience?
The yoga class is for all levels (unless otherwise noted) and modifications are always offered to make class accessible for everyone.
Are the boards stable? What if I fall in?
Stand-up paddling is easy to pick up and the boards that we use are wide and very stable. However, it’s guaranteed that you will get at least a little bit wet. And yes, there is a chance that you will fall in. Before we get out on the water, your instructor will coach you on how to get back on your board if you fall, and will assist you back on if needed.
Do I need to know how to swim?
It’s highly recommended that you know how to swim and are comfortable with the idea that you will get wet. Your instructor is trained in rescue techniques – safety is our top priority
Will classes ever be cancelled for weather?
Although we are only open during the summer months, sometimes the most beautiful classes are when there’s a light Pacific Northwest rain falling. Classes are only cancelled for thunderstorms or strong wind, and students will be given as much advance notice as possible.
For classes at Green Lake, we will meet in front of Green Lake Boat Rentals and Cafe. Look for the green astroturf covered launch spot. Give yourself plenty of time for parking and/or walking to our meeting spot. There are parking lots in the park, and they fill up quickly. There is also unmetered street parking in the area, and a paid parking garage underneath Green Lake Village and The Eddy. For all-day trainings, you'll be given time to move your car when necessary.