Then a few days later, Dave came by our boat on his paddle board. In the course of conversation he invited us to try it out - in the morning before the trade winds start blowing harder. This was an opportunity not to be missed. Dave and his wife Susan paddle board several times a week. Usually they leave from Reed’s Bay and circle Coconut Island; it takes a bit over an hour. Pretty good exercise.
|Susan 2nd from left, Dave 3rd from left|
We met on the beach this morning. The boards were both 12 feet long, the blue one 32 inches wide, 4¾ inches thick - very stable on the water.
Dave was an excellent teacher. As he held the board steady while I VERY slowly stood up, he kept saying, “Relax … relax.” I was jittery, for sure. “Once you’re moving forward, it’s more stable.”
Taking a deep breath helped and off we went INTO the wavelets and slight breeze. Dave coached me as I paddled out and back. Success! No falling off and soooo much fun.
Dick’s turn. He loved it also.
Then I got on Susan’s board and Dick and I paddled out together.
A BIG thank-you to Dave and Susan. One lesson and we want more!
We are now searching for a board of our own. Just one because we’d also like to get a kayak.