Have you wondered about our Fitness Onboard classes? Personal trainer, Holly Myers, owner of Team Kale Wellness teaches these 60-minutes classes Tuesday nights at 6pm and Friday mornings at 9am. Here’s what she has to say about them:
Increase your core strength and feel your stabilizer muscles kick in. If you haven’t been on a paddleboard and felt the strange feeling of your legs shaking, come out and give it a try. I see people paddle that are in great shape get shaky legs and are in shock. It can be an eye opener for some as to the different muscle groups that are used while paddling. It isn’t just about upper body as most would think. You have many different muscle groups that kick in throughout the paddle stroke. From standing on the board and finding your stability, to reaching out with your paddle at the nose of the board for that first stroke back to your feet. The stabilizer muscles kick in which is more of an isometric hold that keeps your body strong, healthy and on the board, not in the water! Utilizing your hips, arms, shoulders, obliques, deltoids, lower body and much more for stabilization can help your overall strength and conditioning. And that’s just a standard paddle stroke!
Fitness moves on the paddleboards can be a whole other game. From burpees, pushups, yoga, headstands, tug of war, yoga, partner board planks and much more; you will feel the power of your core trying to stabilize itself on the board vs. a stable surface. Not a bad way to change up your workout routine and enjoy summer on the water. Come out and give it a try!
We’ll be offering 60-minute rentals ($20) and 90-minute rentals ($30), with an additional $5 walkup fee. We will no longer be offering 2-hour rentals, as we want to make sure that there is plenty of time for everyone to get off the water before the next renters get on the water.
On weekends rentals will begin at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
On weekends we highly recommend advance appointments as we do tend to sell out. Avoid our $5 walkup fee by booking in advance! We have more rental flexibility on weekdays and are open seven days a week.
Please remember, if you have not standup paddled before, we require that you take Intro to SUP or SUP yoga for a lesson before you rent a paddleboard. Kayak rentals do not require a lesson.
This is an exciting time to be a Nashvillian! Lots of growth (and, yes, lots of traffic). As the city plans for more people and more programs, we can have a voice in what our Metro Parks will look like in years to come.
Complete this online Plan to Play survey and let the Parks Planning Division know that non-motorized water access is important to you. The responses Metro receives will help shape the city’s outdoor vision going forward. As a proud partner with Metro Parks we encourage you to share your thoughts so that we can see you on the water for a long time. Use the hashtag #PlanToPlay to encourage your friends to do the same.
No. It is not your imagination. Water levels at the lake are lower than usual. According to the U.S. Army Corps, Nashville District, due to lack of substantial rainfall in the past months, much of the Cumberland River Basin including the Stones River Watershed in the J. Percy Priest Lake’s elevation is approximately three feet below the top of summer pool. Given what they are calling “Moderate Drought category,” the lake may not reach its typical summer elevation (490 ft. above mean sea level).
We can and will and are still paddling, of course. And it is a good reminder of how our recreation is connected to the larger ecosystem. It just means we need to be more aware than usual about rocks close to the surface. For the safety our guests and our equipment, please:
- Use caution when bringing boards and boats in and out of the water. Our staff will help you with this.
- Drop to your knees before getting on or off a paddleboard.
- Wear flip flops or water shoes until you get to the edge of the water.
- Make sure you are in deep water before trying a trick off a board. .
If you have any questions regarding current lake levels or safety precautions, please contact the J. Percy Priest Lake Resource Manager’s Office at 615-889-1975.
One of the great things about the Cumberland River is that it is a working river. We see barges and pleasure boats and paddlers and JetSkis every day. But that also means there are risks. The Cumberland River Compact and Ingram Barge Company invited us to join a group of local outfitters on a barge ride today so we could see things from their point of view. Or not see, as the case may be. Just because you can see them when you paddle, doesn’t mean they can see you. As you can see in our photo here to the left, there’s a big blind spot in the front of the barge.
In addition to sightlines, the barge pilots think about getting a big boat through small spaces, like this bridge, about wake, wind and current. The last thing they need to worry about is a kayaker or paddleboarder not watching where he or she is going. It was a great reminder to stay close to shore (20 feet or so) when you paddle on the river, and pay attention to water traffic and to boat signals.
We’ll share more of what we learned all summer long. Thanks, Ingram and the Compact, for the invite and for helping us all share the waterway.
YOLO Board Team Rider Westy is back and faster than ever. And he wants you to be, too. Westy is coming to Nashville Paddle Co., Music City’s YOLO dealer, to offer two great clinics.
A former race director of Key West Paddleboard Classic and owner of Chicago Paddle Co., Michael Westenberger (a.k.a. Westy) is an elite racer who knows his stuff and he wants to share it with you.
Saturday, May 14, 2016
8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m. Paddle Stroke Technique Clinic. He’ll break down the aspects of the forward stroke through a combination of land-based instruction and on-water drills.
This 90-minute clinic will cover:
- Major aspects of the SUP stroke
- Creating efficiency during the stroke
After that you’ll be ready to get more advanced, or as Westy says, “Get ugly.”
10:30 a.m. – noon. SUP Racing 101 Clinic is designed to help you overcome first time fears and minimize mistakes, giving you an edge over your competition. The information Westy will share has been gained through race after race and years of trial and error. He will break down the major components of a SUP race and make sure you are prepared every step of the way. This 90-minute clinic will cover:
- Race starts (beach and water)
- Race training
- Buoy turns
- Race strategy (long vs. short course)
Cost for the clinic is $55 each session, including rental board, paddle, PFD and leash or you can BYOB. Those who register for both clinics ($110 total) get $10 off their Music City SUP Race registration (Saturday, July 30, 2016).
This is a great way to get ready for our Thursday Night Race League this summer. Spots are limited, register today.
This year we have kayaks as well as paddleboards for rent (during the day as well as for the monthly full moon paddles). We’re working on getting someone from the planetarium out for one of these events. In 2016, full moon paddles will be 90-minute guided paddles with glow bracelets and glow-in-the-dark ukuleles and more.
Space on a SUP under the stars is limited, so plan ahead and book now.
We’re really excited to be joining our friends at Paddle Adventures Unlimited for their annual Cumberland River Paddlefest. This event has become the unofficial kickoff to the paddling season, with free demos for SUP and SUP yoga, kayak fishing, gear and more. And, this is Nashville, so, of course there is live music to keep you entertained. We love the good vibe at this event. It gets us stoked for the season.
The event is held at Old Hickory Park, where the Cumberland River meets Old Hickory Lake. (If you joined us in 2013 and 2014, this is where we were then. This is a different location than 2015.) The park is on U.S. Army Corps of Engineers property, so there are no sales of gear, food or anything else. It is all FREE and fun! We’ll have hard boards and inflatables, plus ukuleles and other surprises.
Come see us:
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Want to get in the mood? Check out this Wild Side TV YouTube video from a past Paddlefest.
PLEASE NOTE: This event has been cancelled due to weather. Join us at 11:00AM for this alternate inside option:
Jerry Vandiver’s Paddle Songs at The Rudder at Anchor High Marina
Back deck reserved for Paddlefest. Music at noon.
Want to learn more about paddle technique and water safety? Want to take the next step toward teaching SUP yoga or other SUP classes on the water? You’re in luck. You can earn your World Paddle Association Class 1 and SUP Yoga certification at Nashville Paddle Co.’s new-and-improved two-day certification and training program. Registration is open for the May 21, 2016 and May 22, 2016 program.
- How to sequence a yoga class for all levels of students on a board
- How to cue and demonstrate yoga poses during a class
- Tips on growing your classes and resources when starting a business
- Basic water rescue techniques
- Best practices for paddling techniques
- How to convey safety for groups and individuals on the water
- Effective ways to teach in front of a group
This two-day teacher training, designed by Liz Vehyl, E-RYT-500, WPA Class 2, is a great way to take your yoga teaching to the next level…on the water. Successful completion of this comprehensive workshop will give you both your World Paddle Association, Class I certification as well as essential SUP Yoga instruction skills.
Once you have your certification, you’ll be in a better position to safely and confidently expand your SUP yoga classes in our own city. Nashville Paddle Co. can provide board, paddle and PFD discounts for yogis looking to start or expand their own SUP Yoga programs in their home cities.
Cost is $495. Not interested in yoga? The one-day WPA-only portion training is $295 (deduct $35 from either training if you are bringing your own board, paddle and PFD; use the special discount code BYOBWPA when booking online).
Certification is held at Nashville Paddle’s boathouse on Percy Priest Lake. Class size is limited and registration is now open. Contact email@example.com for details or book online.