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Posted on November 7, 2017 by
As told by ISLE Advocate, Jen Cacho (@northwest_jen)
Tell me if this sounds familiar. You and your paddle buddy make plans to hit the water at 6:00 am for a sunrise paddle, but they end up ditching last minute. You decide it’s not worth the trip anymore because you don’t want to go by yourself. Another missed opportunity…
How many times have you planned an adventure around someone else’s schedule? It can be difficult to coordinate conflicting work routines, and too often we cancel plans because somebody “can’t make it.” But guess what, you are more than capable of going solo. Don’t get me wrong, it can be quite intimidating at first. So before you jet off on your journey of self discovery, here are a 4 tips to ensure that your solo party goes off without a hitch.
Choose three trustworthy people and tell them about your plans before you head out
I like to keep everything in my dry bag in the garage, that way it is easy to grab and go! Here’s what you’ll find in my pack:
In mountaineering, we say that “getting to the top is optional, but getting down is mandatory.” The very same applies to paddle boarding. Paddling out is easy, but just remember that you have to paddle back. And if it is your first time paddling alone, please go somewhere where there will be other people present. Until you are confident in your abilities, you should not be paddling unfamiliar water alone.
Don’t go racing downstream if you don’t know what lies ahead. I’ll tell you right now, SUP vs. waterfall is no contest. Get on Google Maps or talk with the forest rangers or lifeguards. Know the tides. Check the weather. Just be smart and do your research before you head out.
You will be pleasantly surprised by how peaceful your own company can be. You’ll learn a lot about yourself and your abilities as a paddler and explorer. It is empowering, and it allows you to be present in a moment without having to worry about anyone else’s needs besides your own. It’s not selfish, it’s self-care. We all need time to ourselves every now and then. So go out there and get to exploring! In the end, that is what it’s all about.
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