In the summer, I have a little extra time to shake up my workout routine.

Fortunately, I know just the place to try something new! Only 15 minutes from downtown Greenville at Saluda Lake Landing, Upstate Paddleboard offers the opportunity to learn a new sport.

Stand-up paddle-boarding originated in Hawaii. The board looks like a surfboard, but instead of waiting for a wave, paddleboarders stand on the board and use a paddle to propel themselves through the water.

“Paddleboarding is a full-body workout- from your toes to your fingertips,” said Jan Muellers, owner of Upstate Paddleboard. “Most people think of it as a core workout, but you work all parts of your body.”

The sport offers a lot of flexibility. A person can work very hard and really get into shape, or take a more leisurely paddle journey. There is even a certified paddleboard board yoga instructor on hand.

“You have all of the benefits of yoga, with the extra challenge of balancing on the board,” Muellers said.

If you don’t know how to paddleboard, it’s no problem. The sport is easy to learn, Muellers said.

“We’ve taken more than 700 people out on the water,” he said. “We’ve only had eight who have fallen in involuntary.”

Three-hour classes are offered by reservation between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays, and include one hour of instructional time and two hours of paddling. Each Wednesday, a group takes a sunset paddle beginning at 6 p.m. that lasts until dark. An abbreviated class is offered prior to the sunset paddle to teach paddlers the basics.

Experienced paddleboarders can rent boards without taking a class, but Muellers does advise calling ahead to make sure equipment is available. Equipment can be rented during the week as well as on the weekends. While paddleboarding would make a great date or girls’ afternoon out, it is also a good family activity.

“We’ve had parents of toddlers bring them and let them ride on their board and kids as young as 6 paddle by themselves,” Muellers said.

After your class, stay and relax a bit at by the lake. Saluda Lake Landing, a privately-owned marina, has a restaurant where you can purchase hot dogs, chips and drinks.They also rent fishing kayaks and offer a bait shop.

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