Paddling is for everyone. It’s accessible, easy and social. Many paddling centres promote paddling for women because it’s open and welcoming with something for all ages and abilities. The variety and flexibility makes it a great sport or pastime for all.
So what are you waiting for? If you needed a little more persuasion, we’ve put together 5 different reasons why YOU should make paddling your new hobby.
5 Reasons women should take up paddling!
It’s easy to start
Whether you prefer to learn by being taught or by figuring things out on your own, with paddling, you can do either! Clubs and centres can provide you with the knowledge and equipment to get on the water for the first time. Alternatively, if you’ve got all the gear already, make use of the Paddle Trails to get out on the water and exploring!
It’s super social
Paddling is perfect for spending time with existing friends and meeting new people. The Women’s Paddling Community group on Facebook is a supportive place to connect fellow paddlers with all levels of experience. Many regions also have social paddling groups and a quick google should let you know if there’s a social group near to you. If you have children, paddling is a great activity for the whole family to do together…or you might choose to keep it as your little ‘escape’ away from the kids! Don’t forget the hashtag #ShePaddles
You can relax and enjoy
Being on the water is perfect for a little headspace, giving you new perspectives on the world and bringing you closer to nature. If you want to paddle as a social hobby or a way of escaping the day-to-day, there are plenty of different types of paddling available focusing on recreation and leisure.
It can be as competitive as you want it to be
Thrive on a little competition? Take part competitively as part of a team or to test your ability as an individual. In most of the competition disciplines women and men enter the same competition, but compete separately. However in some lower division events, for example Canoe Polo and Canoe Marathon, women and men sometimes compete alongside each other.
It’s fun and good for you!
Paddling provides you with fabulous low impact exercise, toning arms, legs and core. It’s great for building confidence and self-esteem as well as being much more fun than going to the gym! You can choose how much you want to push yourself too. From a gentle paddle to a high intensity cardio session – do however much you enjoy!
All in all, paddling for women is fun, easy and good for you mentally and physically. So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to go paddling!