Written by Debbie Swartz, Press Connects, link to original post
Imagine getting exercise while enjoying some of the region’s best aquatic views. Sound enticing? Business owner Tina Fetten hopes so.
The owner of Southern Tier Stand Up Paddle Corp. offers the activity that involves individuals standing up on boards and paddling through the area’s waterways. “It’s like walking on water,” Fetten said. “You can get an amazing workout while seeing these beautiful sites.”
The boards are anywhere from 9 1/2 to 14 1/2 feet long. Some prefer to kneel while paddling, while others enjoy the view from standing, Fetten said. The sport originated decades ago in Hawaii, spreading to the West Coast, then the East Coast. More recently, its popularity has increased for flat water, including lakes and rivers, Fetten said.
A certified instructor, Fetten launched her business in the spring and has clients in the area, as well as those in the Adirondacks and Lake George. On Sundays and Wednesdays, she hosts introduction to paddling classes at Dorchester Lake in Whitney Point. She also has yoga on water classes, with the help of Yoga Body Shop, on Sundays.
Once someone has taken the introductory class, they can move onto the social paddles, which involve traveling along waterways such as the Susquehanna and Chenango rivers, Fetten said. “We’ll all start doing social paddles. We’ll venture out to bodies of water throughout the Southern Tier,” she said.
The popularity of paddling comes from a combination of getting a good workout, while viewing things you normally don’t see because people are typically sitting when they ride down a river or paddling across a lake, Fetten said. It’s also family oriented, with kids paddling themselves or sharing a board with a parent. “I haven’t met anyone yet that said, ‘Oh, I don’t like this,’” Fetten said. “Everybody gets something different out of it.”
Along with the introductory classes at Dorchester Park, Whitney Point, Fetten also offers individual and group paddles, with the price determined by the number of individuals, length of the paddle and travel distance. The 60-minute introductory classes cost $25 with the 90-minute yoga classes priced at $30. If you don’t have the proper equipment, you can rent from Fetten for $15. For more information, visit www.southerntierstanduppaddle.com, call (607) 759-4334 or e-mail STPadlgrl@hotmail.com.