Prepare For Your First Paddleboard Tour
At Empower Adventures, we don’t just offer exciting zip line course adventures. We make the most of the diverse terrain in Tampa, Florida by combining our canopy tours with paddleboard tours on the waters of the spectacular Mobbly Bayou Preserve.
If you’ve never experienced paddleboarding, you’re in for something really special when you book one of our paddleboard tour packages. But, you might also find yourself feeling a little nervous at the prospect of paddleboarding if you’re inexperienced. Fortunately, Empower Adventures can offer some advice on preparing for your first paddleboard tour.
Get Familiar with Paddleboard Types
Like any water-based activity or sport, paddleboarding has a lot of variety when it comes to equipment. There are a number of different types of boards out there that suit different boarders, and getting familiar with a few of them might help you feel a little more prepared for your experience.
Boards used in paddleboard tours are known as Stand Up Paddle Boards, or SUP. The most common type used in tours open to the general public are all-around SUPs, designed for beginners to be versatile and have enough space for smaller family members and even adventurous dogs!
Other boards include touring SUPs for long distance, flatwater paddling, surf SUPs for surfing and sport, race SUPs for competitive paddling and racing, fishing SUPs and even SUPs designed for on-water yoga! Getting to know the different types of boards out there is a great way to set your expectations as you prepare to paddle.
Pick the Right Outfit
No surprises here – if you’re taking part in a paddleboard tour, you’re probably going to get wet. While our only specific requirements at Empower Adventures are that you wear sunscreen and a hat, we also suggest you wear swimwear, and clothing that’s generally light and comfortable.
Our combined paddleboard and zipline packages mean you’ll be active for 3-4 hours, so you need to make sure you’re prepared for a lot of moving around, and a lot of warm weather. Swimwear is obvious, but you should also wear clothes that you don’t mind getting wet or dirty, not to mention that won’t retain too much heat and can help you stay cool.
One of the best things you can when you visit Empower Adventures in Tampa, FL is to ask questions. If you’ve never ridden a paddleboard or a zipline, our instructors and guides are here to make sure you have all the information you need. This is essential not only for you getting the most out of your experience, but for your safety, too.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Even the most experienced guests we have will have questions, so if you’re a beginner there’s no need to feel embarrassed about asking.
Empower Adventures’ Canopy and Paddleboard Tours
If you’re looking for a new experience, or you’re searching for unique and exciting ways to bond with your family or your work colleagues, Empower Adventures has exactly what you need. Take a look at the different packages we offer, and contact Empower Adventures Tampa Bay to book yours today.