“The board is obviously a great workout just from paddling alone,” said Evans, a long-time fitness instructor who is also a certified life guard and a track and field coach at Holland High School. “But it is also a great base for many types of exercise taken for things like Pilates, yoga or strength. The board forces you to use your balance in a big way.”
Evans typically paddle boards on Lake Michigan or Pottawattomie Bayou. She’s on the water eight months of the year, and would be out even more often if she had the proper cold-weather wet suit.
“It’s your feet that get wet and cold,” she said.
Evans came up with the idea to bring her class inside to get a jump-start on the paddle boarding season.
“One of the issues around here is that the season for warm water is pretty short,” she said. “I came up with the idea of bringing boards to an indoor environment. This has not been done around here before.”
Evans said she can host a maximum of 10 paddle boarders in her class, which will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning May 10 at 6:30 p.m.
Class participants can bring their own paddle boards, or Mac Kite will have boards available for rent. Cost of the class is $150 for those with their own equipment or $240 for those who need to rent gear.
Depending on the experience level of those in the class, the first lesson will likely focus on getting participants acclimated to the board. Evans said women typically have an easier time paddle boarding because they’re lighter and have a lower center of gravity.