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August 20, 2021

SUP WISE / Kids Program

August 20, 2021

SUP WISE /Kids Program

Our mission is to make paddle boarding accessible to all, and that includes children. Kids love to get involved and have a true enthusiasm for life (as should the inner child in all of us). They love to learn, explore, get their hands dirty. That’s why they make the perfect next generation of ambassadors for a healthy, sustainable planet.

For over 10 years Paddle Diva’s SUP WISE Program has continued to teach kids, ages 9 to 14, the necessary water safety skills to become proficient paddle boarders while also educating them about the ways to keep our local waterways pristine and thriving. SUP WISE is an accredited program developed by the Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) that we customized in 2018 as a means to keep kids engaged, educated, and enthusiastic about our waters.

Paddle boarding is, by nature, an interactive activity with the environment. Not only do kids learn proper paddling techniques, which aids in balance and coordination, but they obtain applicable knowledge that can be carried into adulthood. They learn how to understand weather patterns and the necessary safety skills to avoid potential dangers on the water.

With the town of East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery only a half mile down the bay, SUP WISE further facilitates the environmental connection by showing kids how clams, scallops, and oysters are farmed and protected. There’s even a scavenger hunt for them to discover marine life as they identify all the unique types of shells.

Gina Bradley, Paddle Diva founder, is a member of the East Hampton Shellfish Hatchery and mother of two, raising her children on the waters across the east end.

“My kids have benefitted from all of this life knowledge, and experience. The first step to getting these kids interested is getting them to understand and interact with our bays. The more connected kids feel to the bays and waterways the more they will feel compelled to protect them.”— Gina Bradley

SUP WISE can last a single day or over the course of several days. It all depends on a students schedule. All of our instructors are lifeguard, CPR, and ASI certified. Book your session here.


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