SUP Tours Begin
In July, seven Tarpon Bay Explorers staff earned their PaddleFit certifications to safely teach stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) and lead tours in the bay. Five others joined the class. They all reported frequent manatee sightings and exhilarating physical workouts.
Ninety-minute SUP tours began on Wednesday and will continue daily at either 9 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. Cost, including rentals and instruction, is $50. During the tours, guides educate participants about the local wildlife and history along the way.
Stand-up paddleboarding, or in the Hawaiian language Hoe he'e nalu, is a global sport with a Hawaiian heritage. Paddleboarding has been growing rapidly in popularity with people of all ages and skill sets. It offers a bird’s perspective of the marine environment and gives paddlers the illusion of walking on water.
Because paddlers are standing upright on the board, they get an excellent view of the marine critters that live under the sea while being able to look ahead on the horizon.
Those with paddleboarding experience can rent a SUP and explore Tarpon Bay on their own. All SUP renters or tour participants must be at least 13 years old and weigh at least 90 pounds.