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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 »

What You Should Know About Sunscreen

May is National Skin Cancer Awareness Month and making sunscreen part of your outdoor gear is one way to reduce your risk of skin cancer.  But with so many different sunscreens to choose from, picking the right one for your skin can be a challenge.  To help you make the right choice, the American Academy of Dermatology shares this infographic on how to choose a sunscreen.  Click here or on the image for the full infographic.

What you need to know about sunscreen

When buying a sunscreen, make sure to read the label.  You want to make sure to check the following:

SPF 30 or higher – SPF stands for “sun protection factor.” It rates how effective the sunscreen is in preventing sunburn caused by UVB rays.  Most experts recommend using SPF 30 or higher though they recommend avoiding products with SPF higher than 50.  Experts believe that high SPF sunscreens give people a false sense of security, tempting them to stay out of the sun longer and waiting too long before re-applying.  No matter how high your sunscreens SPF is make sure to always re-apply at least every two hours or as often as possible depending on your activity and exposure to the sun. Read the rest of this entry »

Summer Activities for Kids in the Hamptons

The end of the school year is nearing and if you’re still wondering what to do to keep your kids busy this Summer, take a look at our list of summer activities for kids in the Hamptons.

Pony Camp at Rita’s Stables.  Rita’s Stable is a family-operated business that offers trail rides for all skill levels, pony camps and pony rides.  For over 30 years, Rita Foster has shared her love of horses and horseback riding to the Montauk community.  You can call her directly to find out more about their lessons and pony camp this summer.

Summer Junior Lifeguard ProgramOpen to kids 9 – 14, the program aims to help kids learn lifeguarding skills, develop team work, and learn about the ocean and water environment while having fun.  The program is free of charge but participants must first pass the swim test to qualify.  The swim test will be conducted every Sunday, 1:00 – 2:00 pm at YMCA East Hampton RECenter Pool from March 8 – June 14.  The program starts June 20.  For more information on either program or training session, contact Program Coordinator John Ryan at (631) 324-2787.

Scott Bradley’s Ocean Awareness and Safety Course. Paddle Diva’s very own Scott Bradley (a former Ocean NCAA Division 1 swimmer, an Association of Surfing Instructors Master SUP instructor, certified ocean lifeguard and active member of the East Hampton Volunteer Ocean Rescue Squad) will be conducting two four-week sessions in July and August designed to ensure kids (and grown-ups) have a safe and fun-filled summer.  Details to follow on our website, or call (631) 329-2999 for more information.

Paddle Diva’s Annual Mothers Day Paddle!

Our Annual Mothers Day Paddle is coming up on Sunday, May 10 from 10-11:30.  Come with your mom, friend, daughter or loved one and they paddle for FREE.

This 90-minute special paddle event on Three Mile Harbor is the perfect way to get mom jump-started for the spring paddling season.  I’ll be leading the event together my daughter Emma who typically prefers to spend her weekend on the back of a horse, but is also a SUP gifted instructor — kids love to learn from other kids!  We’ll provide SUP lessons for first-time paddlers and refresher courses for those who need them before heading out to explore and discover all the wonderful signs of spring along the shores of the harbor.  There will be a light refreshments after the paddle.

Paddle Diva is also offering special promo for Mother’s Day.  Purchase gear for mom before Mother’s Day and get 10% off boards (that’s up to $135 off!) and 15% off paddles.

Mothers Day Paddle at Paddle Diva

Our Mother’s Day Paddle is one of our favorite traditions and has introduced women of all ages and sizes to this healthy and fun activity. Want to learn more about stand up paddleboarding and its many benefits?  Come on down or give us a call anytime at 631-329-2999.

SPA Soiree: Enjoy a Wellness Weekend You Deserve

Spring is in full swing and if you’re looking to take a break after a chilly winter then the Spa Soiree Wellness Weekend may just be what you need!

Organized by The Independent and The Wizard of Spa, the Spa Soirée is a gathering of spa-goers, the spa industry, and business professionals alike for an evening of mingling and fun.  But it’s not just a party — it’s also a Wellness Weekend. The fun starts when you check in on Saturday, April 25 (that’s this weekend, people!) to enjoy an ocean view accommodation, a relaxing day at Gurney’s Seawater Spa and a VIP cocktail hour before the Spa Soiree. Guests will enjoy complimentary cocktails, a delicious menu of spa-inspired hors d’oeuvres, gift bags filled with products and a silent spa auction.

Spa Soiree

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