In September 2018 I created a Facebook group called Glasgow Paddleboarders and asked a couple of friends to join in. Little did I know back then that more than 2000 like minded people would form to create an incredible online community for sharing ideas, tips and routes for paddleboarding in and around our city and beyond. Through interaction and going out with others, my knowledge and understanding of paddleboarding, has grown and made it a viable business opportunity.
On our own doorstep
Covid-19 has changed the way we all live. It has affected us all in some shape or form since March, and the country has been in some form of lockdown ever since. Little opportunity to travel abroad has meant that lots of people have looked closer at their own doorstep and at what Scotland has to offer. In life we so often take for granted what is in front of our very eyes.
Director - Ally
Scotland is covered from head to toe in water. Lochs, rivers, The North Sea in the east or the Atlantic Ocean to the west. I grew up in the most Northerly town in Scotland, Thurso and have also loved being in and around water my whole life. An enjoyment of surfing began at school. This led to trying out paddleboarding in 2010 on a trip to Northern Ireland.
I have played rugby my whole life. I have always loved being part of the team and enjoyed the ethos of the social aspect of sport. I always enjoyed wearing the team kit that went with being part of a club. Community and people love kit. It creates a togetherness. The creation of the Glasgow Paddleboarders logo came about purely because I wanted kit. Turns out so did lots of others. The Glasgow Paddleboarders shop opened. A close friend suggested starting an Instagram account and my brain started bursting with ideas.
Being a Dad, becoming a paddleboard instructor and working a full time job as a primary teacher keeps me busy. My wife’s head might be turned with my constant flow of ideas and non stop paddleboard chat... Let’s give this passion of paddleboarding a go as a business, and see where it takes us.
We run sessions at times you want, whether it be early morning, late evening or a middle of the day run. We have a team of free lance instructors that are all trained through the Water Skills Academy Pathways.
Sessions run at 2 hours and start with prices as low as £29.95pp. Our instructors all have at least SUP Foundation Instructor via Waterskills Acadmemy. We also offer 3 hour adventure trips for £49.95pp.
If you’re looking for a new and fun experience, book via the website or send us an email if those sessions don’t suit.
If you live locally to Glasgow, check out our Facebook Group which is really the heartbeat of what we do. A community created to support other paddleboarders that want to get out and enjoy the water with friends.
I promised a colleague in the Primary School I worked in that we’d have a chat in five years time to see where this all goes. Watch this space as we grow together.
Thanks for the support.