Have you ever caught yourself glaring with envy at paddle boarders who seem to glide effortlessly across the lake? Thanks to a joint collaboration between Outdoor Adventure Leadership (ODAL) Instructor Daryl Teittinen and Dean of Students Will Hoida, students can now rent paddle boards, financed by the student activities fund, to use for fun in their spare time from the gear room free of charge.
Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a water sport that is gaining in popularity. According to the North Lake Tahoe website it is really basic, you simply stand on a giant surf board and glide along with a single paddle.
“Paddle boarding is pretty easy to get into if you don’t have a lot of experience and it is a really great way of getting out on the lake, exploring around and having a great time,” said Teittinen.
Despite its growing prominence, SUP is an expensive sport and as Junior Tom Loeschner points out, not everyone can participate.
“Paddle boarding is getting really popular, but not all of us can afford them. I hope I can rent one out,” said Loeschner.
Students have a great opportunity with this program to be able to rent out one of the nine paddle boards that are now available through the gear room in the Tahoe Center of Environmental Science (TCES) building.
“Students come to the gear room, the gear room staff will have them fill out a particular form where they have to agree to abide by our particular system and then our staff will help them get checked out with a paddle board, paddle, wetsuit and life jacket then send them out there,” said Teittinen.
Hoida explains one of the hurdles of checking out paddle boards in the past was the risk and danger of being out on the water.
“Lake Tahoe can be very dangerous because the water gets quite chilly. Sometimes the water, in just the matter of an hour, can go from calm to waves like the ocean. So that has always been our hesitation- how do we safely rent paddle boards to students and have them be safe,” said Hoida.
Teittinen and Hoida created a special form that students are required to sign before renting out a paddle board, acknowledging they are aware of the risks involved with SUP and promising to wear a full wetsuit, lifejacket, and neoprene booties.
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