After Labor Day, when my stand up paddleboarding clients go back to their city dwellings, I take about ten minutes to breathe and then I begin my off-season life. In terms of the business, September is time to wind down daily offerings. We still offer stand up paddle tours, but the summer staff is gone and I start to focus my attention on things that help will grow Paddle Diva into a nationally recognized brand.
I’ll certainly keep you posted on any developments, but this post is more about what Fall means for me on a more personal level. For most people, Summer means more time to spend with your kids – for me, it’s just the opposite.
Because I am busy overseeing the daily operations of Paddle Diva, Summer means my kids are off on their own, busy with their individual activities and attended to and chauffeured around by their amazing nanny, [insert name]. It’s not until Fall that I can spend real quality time with them, and I’ve been doing just that!
Emma, my “mini-me,” is coming into her own as a great little horse woman! Over the summer she spent time working at Stony Hill Stables, helping with the horses and even leading groups out on the trails. Because the stables are so close to home, she can continue working and riding after school – and now I am free to go watch – from the ground. I’m much more comfortable standing on a paddleboard than sitting on a horse!
Summer is officially over, but colder weather never stops me from getting out on the water, if I have the chance! Autumn is lovely in the Hamptons and you can paddle right through the winter with the proper SUP clothing. Here are my recommendations for these last warm days, when we’re starting to feel the evening chill and mornings are pretty brisk!
I couldn’t miss one last opportunity to get some ocean SUP action in my Maaji swimsuit. Maaji’s mix and match styles come in so many choices and the suits provide an amazing fit that is both flattering and functional.
BloqUV’s Compression Fabric Tights dry FAST and offer awesome sun protection. It’s so important to apply sunscreen all year long, even when the sun doesn’t feel as hot on your skin. The UV rays are still very dangerous, and BloqUV’s clothing provides 98 percent protection from the sun’s harmful rays. Their long sleeve and zip-tops are perfect for taking on and off when the temperature change — or as our heart rates go up as we start to break a sweat when we paddle!
So hard to sum up Summer 2014 in three minutes, but we tried!
A very special thanks to our summer staff, and to the friends and clients that spent time with us this season. For those of you not put off by a little cold weather, remember we paddle throughout the Fall. For the rest — we’ll see you next summer!
As our Summer season winds down, one of the things we’ll miss the most are our evening Sunset, Stargazer and Full Moon Stand Up Paddle Tours. These were hugely popular with our Paddle Diva clients, and why wouldn’t they be? Stand up paddling during the day already has a calming quality; watching the sun set over the harbor is the perfect way to wind down. Indulging in a guided meditation and some gentle yoga stretches led by Jessica Bellofatto while listening to waves lapping on the shore is a restorative experience unlike any other!
The logistics of the night paddles are difficult, to be sure, but darkness and mosquitoes are no match for the Paddle Diva team. NOCQUA Adventure Gear’s White LED Light System fits all SUP’s, Kayaks and Canoes and was also extremely helpful in lighting up the overland path to the shoreline. (Everyone was on their own when it came to dealing with the mosquitoes.) Lighting like this enables night paddlers to glide over illuminated waters and obviously provides the necessary safety element that is always our first priority.
I am a strong proponent of water safety and regulation, and continue to incorporate it into my stand up paddleboard business. The Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI) is an international organization offering accreditation in stand up paddleboard training and instruction, and Paddle Diva is an accredited ASI Stand Up Paddle Instructor Training Centre. My husband, Scott Bradley, is ASI certified SUP trainer.
During the week of September 12 through the 15, we will offer ASI SUP instruction certification at our Shagwong Marina headquarters in East Hampton. Scott will be leading SUP instructor certification training through ASI. There is still time to enroll in these ASI accredited courses, which include: SUP Instructor Water Rescue, SUP Instructor Flat-Water and SUP Instructor Exposed-Water.
Since there is a marine component in SUP that requires extensive training, it’s not enough to just know how to stand up paddleboard. ASI accreditation and certification programs are setting and leading the industry standards for SUP instruction. These educational and training programs are geared toward developing high quality and consistent water safety standards.
When you have ASI accreditation, it builds credibility with your clients and is a reliable sign of professional accountability. This is the reason all Paddle Diva instructors and staff are certified by the ASI. The rigorous training programs give us the expertise, knowledge and confidence to give our clients a safe water experience.
For the September training, the various levels of instruction will cover stroke techniques and water safety, along with how to perform rescues and manage students in case of an emergency. We also take the training beyond the classroom, by providing both dry-land classroom and on-water instruction time. Read the rest of this entry »