Wow! What a great way to start one's day! Booked the early morning session on a day when the weather forecast predicted 4 °C in the morning so we were very concerned, but wanted to get out of our comfort zone and do it anyway. It was the right decision!
We got to the meeting point just after 7am, dressed in winter jackets, waiting in the car with full heating on. When Mel arrived she offered us wetsuits which we happily accepted but it was still weird getting undressed in such cold weather. When everyone in the group got sorted out and got their boards allocated, we got down to the beach and had a 10 minute introduction into the basics of stand up paddle boarding. The sand was so cold, we were jumping from one foot to the other, but the sun started to warm up the air so we knew we would be fine soon.
Once we got to the water we were hoping we didn't fall into the water but of course all of us did. However at that point the water was warmer than the air so it wasn't an unpleasant experience at all! And once we got the grip of the technique, we just had fun-fun-fun! :)
Mel is very nice and very-very patient. She made sure everyone was ok, let the better ones explore the secrets of this sport by themselves while helping those ones who were a bit behind. At the end of the day all of us returned to the shore with a great smile and a great experience.
In the beginning Mel said after this day we will be hooked to this sport, and she was so right! I am now looking into options around the area where I live to do it again, and even do it regularly.
Thank you so much Mel, it was one of our best experiences in Jervis Bay!
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