Adventures,  Days Out,  Wild Wanderers

Paddleboarding | Welton Waters, Welton | August 2021

My first ‘Wild Wanderers‘ meetup was a short walk in Welton with a woman called Elena. She was lovely and we got on well and clicked pretty much instantly.

She mentioned that she and a few women were going paddleboarding at Welton Waters and asked if I would like to join them.

I had no idea what paddleboarding was and so, as you can imagine, I had never been before. However, I am always up for a challenge and to try something new. 

I agreed I would go and see what it is all about.

A paddleboard is a bit like a surfboard that you strap your foot to and use an oar to paddle yourself around.

Pretty self-explanatory when you think about it. You can also either kneel, sit or stand on the board. 

Elena and I arrived at Welton Waters together and there we met up with Laura and Emma.

We were offered wetsuits but I was wearing leggings and a sports top so decided against it as I knew I would dry quickly. We paid £10 for 90 minutes and were soon kitted up on our paddleboards

To get in the water, we knelt on the board and then were gently pushed off the shore. It was so strange at first and it did take a little while to get used to it.

You don’t realize how strenuous it is on your arms to be constantly using the oar to propel yourself forward. Itt wasn’t painful but just ached your arms after a while. 

It was so much fun and it was just nice to be trying something completely different that I wouldn’t have ever done if not a part of the ‘Wild Wanderers‘. 

Elena was straight on her feet and made it look as easy as walking. I decided I wanted to give it a go but I didn’t find it as easy, to say the least.

I did manage to get on my feet but with every slight movement of the water, I felt like I was going to lose my balance. It took a lot of concentration not to end up in the water, but I did it.

I managed to stay on my feet for a total of about 15 minutes before my body ached too much. Most of the time I just let the board take me where it wanted as I found it hard to row while standing.

I spent most of the time tangled in the reeds by the side of the lake.

We all managed to get to our feet at some point. Laura did really well and she stood for well over half an hour before Emma was caught by the current and accidentally crashed into her.

Safe to say, Laura ended up a little wet in the water. 

We all nearly ended up in with her from laughter. I have not laughed that much in ages and I knew I had made the right decision by joining the ‘Wild Wanderers‘.

By the time the 90 minutes were up, we were all definitely ready for it to be over. It is a good workout session and targets the bingo wings, ladies.

I really enjoyed paddleboarding and would do it again, absolutely. 

*** This post has been written solely by me and all opinions are my own. All photos are my own or have been credited.

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