Have you ever been out on the water and experienced a complete glass off? What I mean by glass off is this, completely smooth water without a ripple on it. Well if you haven't, picture this. You are paddling on a crystal clear estuary with a very light wind blowing. The sun is shining on the water, you're totally in the present moment without a care in the world and everything in life for that moment is about as good as it can get. All of a sudden the little bit of wind that was blowing totally drops off. The surface of the water turns into a complete sheet of glass without any disturbance of any kind on the surface. As you look down, it almost appears as if there is no water under you at all, it is so clear it is almost invisible. It feels like you are just hanging there, suspended a few metres above the estuary floor. At this point the visibility is as good as it gets and you can see even the smallest features on the estuary floor. All of your senses are heightened to an amazing new level. For those of you who have experienced this, you will know what I'm talking about. Every time I experience this it is just as good as the time before. I experienced it yesterday, and for half an hour or so, everything in the world stood still. This is why SUP is so damn addictive!
I love spending time with our SUP beginners on the water. I absolutely get blown away every time somebody comes along who claims to have balance issues and we manage to get them up and paddling without any issues. The buzz from watching people overcome their fears and to be part of the experience is fantastic! Sometimes I get a student who has very low self confidence. I thrive on spending extended time with these people and making the experience as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Nothing can compare to watching a beginner who is not very confident, step off their board at the end of the session saying "I Did It" with the biggest smile on their face.
We have been having some amazing SUP sessions on the Lake so far this season! January and February are looking fantastic as well. At this point the weather experts are predicting quite a wet humid summer. This can be very good for SUP because humid overcast conditions can mean light winds! I have my fingers crossed!
Every morning is very different out on the water and that's what I love about it! Check out this pic of a very low lying cloud drifting out over the water on Sunday morning as we had just set up for our lesson.
If you have not already checked our board sales page make sure you check it out. We are not only the SUP lesson experts in Merimbula, we also have our own range of stand up paddle boards and accessories for sale. You can call us anytime to discuss our range of boards and we even offer try before you buy on all of our stand up paddle boards! Check out the clip below to find out some info about our kids SUP package range.
Kids love stand up paddle boarding and that is why we encourage people to bring their children along for a SUP lesson. So what is our minimum participation age? Our minimum age is 10 years old and we have had plenty of 10 year old's come along for the experience. 10 is a tricky age as some kids are very capable and some kids struggle a little. The kids that struggle generally handle the paddling side of things OK but some find the distance we paddle to be a bit too much. This is fine as I carry a 10 foot leash with which I can tow any child that gets a little tired on our journey. I have attached a couple of pics of some kids enjoying a bit of a tow on the Merimbula Lake during a SUP session and to be totally honest it is great paddle training for me!
If you have any concerns or questions in regard to your child please don't hesitate to give me a call. I am always available for a chat.
The water in the Merimbula Estuary is really starting to warm up and that means fantastic stand up paddle sessions with plenty of sea life! In the Winter time when the water is freezing a lot of the fish species tend to go a bit dormant and some species don't even enter the cold waters of the lake. From now until the chilly water arrives just before next Winter the lake will be alive with activity! On Saturday it was really noticeable. I had a group of four from Canberra and we saw many species of fish in the crystal clear waters. We also saw an abundance of sting rays ranging in size from small to very large. With all the fish activity starting to liven up, we sometimes even get the odd dolphin venturing into the estuary looking for an easy meal!
Merimbula Lake is an absolutely amazing place for your stand up paddle boarding experience! The waters of the lake are crystal clear and totally safe for swimming. There is an abundance of sea life and bird life to view whilst paddling here. Stand up paddle is the perfect way to view the sea life as you are standing up so high and can look straight down on top of it, on a clear day it is almost like snorkeling! Some of the creatures you may encounter on the Merimbula Lake are sting rays, seals, eagle rays, many fish species and maybe even a dolphin or two! To get your SUP experience just right on the Merimbula Lake you have to get the tide times perfect and you also need to have a good knowledge of the wind conditions. If you book a session with Merimbula Stand Up Paddle Lessons & Tours you don't need to worry about any of this as we do all the hard work for you. Steve is our SUP weather guru and will arrange the best time for you or your group to get out on the water in the best conditions possible.