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Celebrate Your Paddle Dude this Fathers Day

Treat your dad (or favorite man) to a special Father’s Day Paddle on Sunday, June 21 from 10-11:30 am. Come with your dad, friend, son/daughter or loved one and they paddle for free!

This 90-minute paddle through Three Mile Harbor is the perfect way to enjoy summer stand up paddleboarding with your dad. Led by Scott Bradley and his son James, you will receive a refresher (or lesson, if needed) on how to stand up paddle.

Scott will work with you on your paddle stroke and stance, and as a group you will explore and discover all the wonderful wildlife and nature in the harbor. You may even get lucky and Scott will show you his secret spots for clams and oysters!

Refreshments and snacks await you after the paddle.

Special Fathers Day Sale: purchase gear for dad before Fathers Day and get 10% off board  — that’s up to $135 off boards and 15% off paddles!

Welcome Team Rider Jessica Cadden Osborne

We are super excited to welcome our newest SUP instructor into the Paddle Diva fold for Summer 2015. A Pennsylvania hometown girl turned New York City actress, Jessica Cadden Osborne grew up frolicking in the Atlantic surf during her childhood trips to the Maryland shore – and she can’t think of a better way to spend her summer than on a SUP in the Hamptons!

Jessica started dancing at the age of three and developed an appreciation for a life based on movement.  After receiving a BFA from the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, she moved to New York City where she auditioned to become a Radio City Rockette. Among hundreds who audition each year, Jessica was chosen and has been performing with the prestigious group for the last seven years.

SUP Yoga Instructor Jessica OsborneJessica is a certified Pilates instructor and TRX trainer; she earned her 200-hour Yoga Alliance-approved certification in France in 2014, allowing her to teach yoga in Manhattan.

More importantly, Jessica is ASI Level One Certified for SUP instruction and is certified to teach SUP Yoga, one of her favorite activities. She is an avid competitive runner with a goodly number of half-marathons under her belt, and her first full New York City Marathon coming up this November.

When she’s not paddling, Jessica enjoys rock climbing, surfing, and working on her boxing skills at the famous Gleasons in Brooklyn. She’s also an aerialist and teaches Salsa Dance.

What can’t Jessica do?  We’re not sure, but if you want to know more about what she CAN do, visit her website at http://www.jessicacaddenosborne.com.

Three NEVER-break SUP Rules for Flat Water Paddling

June is the perfect time to do some stand up paddleboarding — the weather is getting warmer and everything around us is starting to bloom.  If you just started riding your board again but find yourself needing a refresher course then these reminders of three never-break SUP rules will ensure you paddle safely.

If you need a little more SUP instruction, we’ve got beginners SUP lessons scheduled all summer long with daily classes beginning in July.

Always wear a leash that attaches you to the board! The water may be calmer in flat waters compared to the ocean, but if the winds pick up unexpectedly and you are separated from your board in a fall, you could be stranded and watch as your board drifts quickly downwind!  Never forget to wear your leash.  It can be a lifesaver when you fell in the water.

Dig Deep! Plant your paddle strongly in the water.  Good paddle strokes ensure you are able to paddle in any condition and in any wind direction. Make sure to paddle with extended arms and use your core to pull it along the rail of the board.  Take the paddle out at your feet and don’t pull the paddle all the way to the tail of the board.  That will actually SLOW you down!

Look up, not down. It’s important to focus on where you want to go and the best way to do that is to look ahead.  You’ll also be able to keep your balance if you look to the horizon, which will keep you out of the drink, paddling straight and giving you the best perspective to enjoy the view.

Need more tips to refresh your SUP skills?  Check out Paddle Diva’s SUP How-To’s on YouTube.

Paddle Diva 2015 Summer Preview

Are you ready for summer?  Here at Paddle Diva, we’re getting ready for another SUPtastic summer with exciting new SUP programs for all levels and lifestyles:

First Time SUP’er

We conduct daily SUP classes for beginners who wants to learn the sport. Introducing the sport to first time SUP’ers is always a thrilling experience for me. I love teaching basic stand up paddleboard techniques and watching people thrive, have fun and gain confidence on the water.  Feel intimidated by the sport? Check out this video of our friend Vicki trying SUP for the first time.

Paddle Diva 2015 Summer PreviewSUP’ing for Fitness

Stand up paddling is becoming a favorite workout for athletes and non-athletes alike. Paddle Diva offers SUP Fitness classes to help you build your strength and tone your muscles while enjoying the bay breeze and water.  SUP Fitness classes are held at the Paddle Diva SUP Center every Monday, Wednesday and Sunday at 10:00 am.

New this summer: Paddle Diva is teaming up with Core Fusion co-creator, Elisabeth Halfpapp, for a 90-minute excursion that includes a paddle boarding adventure with your favorite Core Fusion moves mixed in — all on the water! Test your core strength, sweat in the sun, then cool down back on land with healthy juices from the Montauk Juice Company and a final set of lengthening stretches to ground you.  Get toned, balanced and stronger for summer. This Core+ Paddleboard Classes is open for all level and includes paddleboard rental, guided paddle board instruction and stretching and Exhale Gift Bag featuring goodies from Sweaty Betty and Montauk Juice Factory. Read the rest of this entry »

Ocean Awareness & Safety Courses with Scott Bradley

Scott Bradley joins Paddle Diva this summer as an Academy of Surfing Instructor Trainer and Head Lifeguard

Everyone knows to protect themselves from the dangers of the sun. Paddle Diva also believes in protecting yourself from the water and has put together programming for adults and kids that ensures a safe, fun, summer in the Hamptons.

Designed and led by Scott Bradley, our four-week Ocean Awareness & Safety course will teach you:

  • General beach safety and rip current knowledge (spotting one and how to get out of the current safely);
  • Effective swim strokes to help you improve your ocean swimming skills; and
  • What to do in emergency situations: when and how you can help a victim or be a helpful part of a beach rescue team.

We spend plenty of time on the beach and in the water, gradually improving your physical stamina and strength so you are well on your way to being a safe and savvy beach goer.

Scott makes sure that these sessions are not only informative but FUN, and will teach you how to play safely in the surf, skillfully body surf and when and how to dive into waves at the shore! Read the rest of this entry »