Free stand-up paddle clinics to be offered by Westwind Sailing

A group of new stand-up paddlers receives expert instruction at Westwind Sailing before getting on their boards and paddling around the Harbor. Photo by Andrea Swayne
A group of new stand-up paddlers receives expert instruction at Westwind Sailing before getting on their boards and paddling around the Harbor. Photo by Andrea Swayne

By Andrea Swayne

Stand-up paddling continues to gain popularity as a cross-over sport for surfers, other athletes and even non-athletes wishing to add a fun and accessible water activity to their lifestyle, and Dana Point Harbor has become one of the area’s great go-to spots to learn and practice. For those who have been wanting to try it out, Westwind Sailing will be hosting free stand-up paddling clinics May 31 through June 2 in the calm Harbor waterways.

Westwind has partnered with the California Department of Boating & Waterways to present the no-cost SUP clinics (as well as sailing rides aboard 14-foot Capris) as part of National Safe Boating Week, said Diane Wenzel of Westwind Sailing, who also serves as chairwoman of the Dana Point Aquatic Foundation.

The event also coincides with the Dana Point Boat Show, also going on this weekend.

The minimum age for SUP clinics is 12 (for sailing it’s 5 with and adult and 8 without) and will be held May 31 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., June 1 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and June 2, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Clinics will be offered on a first come, first served basis and participants should sign up at the Dana Point Aquatic Foundation/Westwind Sailing Booth at the OC Sailing & Events Center, 34451 Ensenada Place at the Harbor.

Visitors to the Westwind booth will be eligible to enter a drawing for free sailing and stand-up paddle classes. And free lifejackets will be distributed to the first 36 people who visit and take the ‘Wear It’ pledge. “We’ll have free safe boating information and fun swag for everyone, so stop by,” Wenzel said.

For more information, contact Wenzel at 949.492.3035 or send an email to diane@westwindsailing.com.

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