Being a sports enthusiast, I have always wanted to try paddle boarding.
I finally got a chance to do a class with Dukite in Dubai. We started at 7am at Jumeirah Fishing harbour.
My instructor Nic Muhl explained some stuff about the inflatable board, its size, where is the handle, proper place to stand and gave some instructions on how tall the paddle should be and how to hold it for the perfect technique.
After the 10 minute theory, we pushed the paddles into the water. I got on to it and was kneeling and paddling for a bit, before I attempted to stand. And stand I did, without falling.
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It was then testing my paddling skills and trying to turn, paddle and go far and wide. There were no major waves, so I was standing throughout the session.
In the 45 minute session, I learnt how to stand properly, where to put my weight, how to turn and paddle fast. While, paddling, saw some fish including a number of jelly fish.
It was a full body workout, as you are using your legs and hands and keeping your weight in the right direction.
Though it was still very hot in the morning, the spot is beautiful to do paddle boarding. You get to see the Burj Al Arab and Burj Khalifa in the distance.
I am definitely going back to do this. Looks like I am going to get addicted.