Paddle Diva’s next SUP Yoga teacher certification training will be held on the weekend of September 13-14th. Gina Bradley and Jessica Bellofatto lead the 20-hour course, which covers stand up paddling techniques, beginner to advanced SUP Yoga sequences and water safety protocols.
The training also offers a hands-on approach to building, growing and promoting a SUP Yoga business. Participants learn the inner workings of setting up the business, purchasing SUP Yoga boards and marketing. After completing the training seminar, many of participants go on to start their own businesses.
This past May, Caitlin Marcoux ventured from Massachusetts to enroll in Paddle Diva’s SUP Yoga instructor training. Caitlin has been practicing and teaching yoga for nearly 15 years. She said she came to gain the skills and the knowledge to launch her own SUP Yoga business in Nantucket.
“I was looking to change directions and start something new,” Caitlin said. “The course was very relevant and helped me learn the practicalities of starting a SUP Yoga business.
The training was fantastic and I highly recommend it to anyone teaching SUP Yoga or starting a paddleboard business,” she said. “I appreciated how Gina and Jessica shared their experiences. They were very honest about what worked and what they adjusted and improved upon since launching their businesses.”
Caitlin said she learned about the ins and outs of stand up paddleboard equipment and the best areas to invest your money. She found it helpful to be able try different SUP boards and equipment on the water.
“During the weekend, Gina’s husband Scott also taught a phenomenal clinic on basic paddleboard strokes,” said Caitlin. “Now, I use this break down of techniques each day with my SUP Yoga clients.”
Caitlin launched her business this summer. She has combined Nantucket’s natural beauty with the uplifting experience of SUP Yoga. Each of her classes incorporates the tenants of a classical Hatha yoga practice. “It’s been going great and my classes have been full,” she said. “Next summer, I’m planning on adding more boards and hiring a staff member.”
“I like the autonomy of being your own boss. It’s challenging, but I’m having a good time. Everyday is different and I enjoy working with a range of clients — some like to paddle hard, while others prefer anchoring down with yoga on the board,” she said.
“I love teaching paddle yoga on the water,” Caitlin said. “Every time I go out to the harbor, I feel nurtured and bathed in positivity.”