Together with canoeing and surfing, paddleboarding has recently become a popular watersport in Taiwan. This means that visitors have yet another way–besides bicycling, boating and swimming–to enjoy central Taiwan’s Sun Moon Lake, famed for its beautiful scenery that changes with the four seasons.
Paddle boards usually can accommodate a total weight of up to 150 kilograms and just about anyone above the age of 5 can stand on a board, preferably with a life vest and board leash for added safety. Paddleboarding is considered quite safe for beginners when accompanied by a professional coach and special additional training is not needed. The high buoyancy and stability of the board enables users to stand and sit on it, do yoga, dance and even dive from it.
Rigid first-timers may find balancing on the board a bit challenging at first but they usually can figure out a more stable balancing stance after just 3-5 minutes. This can be followed by learning how to padde side-to-side at right angles and propel the board forward. Naturally, getting splashed and wet during this trial-and-error learning process is all part of the fun.
The average paddleboarding session on the lake lasts 2.5 to three hours with prices starting at NT$1,630 per person and including a paddle board and paddle, life vest, coaching assistance, insurance and photos. Visitors are reminded to reserve a time (with insurance coverage and coach scheduling) for paddling at least 12 hours in advance. The early-morning 5 a.m. session (NT$1,800) is highly recommended, as it allows you to paddle at dawn while enjoying the peaceful natural scenes from the water. –By Niang Chen Translated by Anna Yang
浪人槳堂電話 For information/reservations, call 0936-619-876 Stand Up Paddle (SUP).