Why Kids Should SUP

All those screens your kids are watching, are hurting their development.  Find out all the ways a paddle board can help your kids. Stand up paddling is the antidote to the modern world.

Introduction: Why Your Kids Will Love Paddle Boarding with Glide SUP

child on a stand up paddleboard

In the search for new and exciting activities for kids, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has surged in popularity, especially during these unprecedented times. The pandemic has seen a spike in demand for SUPs, making it clear that paddle boarding is not just a trend but a lifestyle choice. Here at Glide, we've seen firsthand how families are eager to get their children onto a paddle board, embracing the outdoors and the joy of paddle boarding.

Embarking on a Paddle Boarding Adventure: The First Steps for Kids

Starting your child on their paddle boarding journey is easier than you might think. Glide SUP encourages parents to introduce their children to the water by simply having them sit on the front of a paddle board during a leisurely paddle. This not only nurtures their soul but also sparks a curiosity for paddle boarding themselves. The beauty and tranquility of being on the water are unparalleled experiences that Glide SUP is proud to offer to budding junior paddlers.

A Healthy Escape from the Digital World

In today's digital age, where screens dominate our lives, paddle boarding offers a refreshing escape. It's a way to engage with nature, get a full-body workout, and soak up some vitamin D—all while taking a break from video games. Glide SUP believes in the power of paddle boarding to counteract the digital overload affecting our children, promoting a healthier, more balanced lifestyle.

When to Start Paddle Boarding: No Age Too Young

The question of when to introduce your child to paddle boarding has a simple answer: it's never too early. At Glide, we've seen enthusiastic paddlers as young as two, always with the essential safety gear like a US Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device (PFD). By the age of 5-6, most children have developed the motor skills necessary to manage their own inflatable paddle board, progressing to proficiency in their preteen years.

Choosing the Right SUP Board for Your Child

child paddling a paddle board

While there are specific kids' SUP boards on the market, Glide SUP suggests considering an all-purpose or inflatable paddle board instead. The versatility and lightweight nature of a high-quality inflatable SUP, like those offered by Glide, are unbeatable. They're easy to store, transport, and can grow with your child, accommodating friends for shared adventures on the water.

The Benefits of Paddle Boarding for Kids

Paddle boarding is more than just a fun activity; it's a way to enrich your child's life. From developing a deep appreciation for nature to fostering responsibility and discipline, the lessons learned on a paddle board are invaluable. Glide SUP has witnessed the transformative power of paddle boarding, as it encourages independence, adventure, and fitness in a fun and engaging way.

Paddle Boarding: A Gateway to Adventure and Fitness

Glide SUP believes in the power of paddle boarding to open up a world of adventure and fitness for kids. It's a stealthy way to keep active, exploring different waterways and embracing the great outdoors. From serene yoga sessions on the water to exciting SUP races, paddle boarding offers a unique blend of physical and mental benefits that are hard to find in any other sport.

Conclusion: Embrace the Paddle Boarding Lifestyle with Glide SUP

two kids on paddle boards

As we navigate through the challenges of modern life, returning to nature and engaging in physical activities like paddle boarding has never been more important. Glide SUP is committed to providing high-quality, durable, and versatile paddle boards that enable kids and families to rediscover the joy of outdoor adventures. Let's give our children the gift of paddle boarding and watch as they grow into confident, responsible, and adventurous individuals.

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