The popularity of paddleboarding has skyrocketed in recent years. And Ontario Parks rental teams agree with the trend.
No matter what your age, paddle boarding is a wonderful way to explore, observe nature, and spend time outdoors.
Lake Charleston lends itself perfectly to paddleboarding with miles of shoreline, scenic bays, and restricted motorboat areas.
Whether you’re planning a short excursion or a long paddle, it’s an easy sport to pick up and start! Limited equipment is required and no special clothing is needed except dressing for the weather and temperature.
If you have never been on a paddle board Here are some things you may want to keep in mind:
- Don’t paddle too close to shore. You’ll likely sink deeper into the water if you fall from a standing position, so staying in deeper water prevents you from hitting the bottom if you fall.
- Putting one hand on the end of the paddle and the other on the shaft will give you more control and you will get the most out of your strokes.
- Keep your core muscles engaged to avoid tiring your arms.
To stay safe in the water:
- Be aware of changing weather conditions and avoid going out alone.
- Choose a calm day and dress appropriately for the air and water temperatures.
- Make sure you bring drinking water and some snacks with you. Although it may seem simple, it is a good exercise for the entire body.
Like other water sports in Ontario parks, a PFD and safety package are required and are included in the equipment rental fee.
Parks in Southeastern Ontario that rent paddleboards:
Visit each park’s website for more information on paddleboard rentals at Ontario parks.