New paddleboard company to open at Weaver Lake
Area residents will soon be able to learn a new sport in Maple Grove.
Why not learn to paddleboard with certified instructors? Co-owners Alex Behrens and Emily Buell are excited to share their passion of paddleboarding with the Maple Grove community when Why Not Paddle opens for business Saturday, May 31, at Weaver Lake Park in Maple Grove.
Behrens and Buell are also residents of Maple Grove. Buell said, “We are aware of all the great things this community has to offer.”
Making the decision to open their business in Maple Grove was easy. “We wanted to contribute to the special and unique offerings available in Maple Grove,” Buell added.
She said, “We love to paddleboard, but we also love to create new opportunities for people of all abilities and share our passion. When you come visit us at Weaver Lake Park, we will take the time to get to know you and hope you will be back to see us again.”
Those interested in paddleboarding do not need prior experience. “You should be comfortable being in the water, but we have life jackets available, so being a strong swimmer is not an absolute must,” Buell said. “At the beginning of your rental, we will provide a brief overview of how to paddleboard.”
Why Not Paddle will offer rentals, one on one and small group lessons, and fitness classes on the weekend and set weekdays.
There will also be special events offered throughout the duration of the summer, including a series of Paddle & Dine Date Nights and half-day paddle camps for kids. The company also offers group rentals, birthday parties, teambuilding events and more.
Buell is a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist and will be offering specialized Therapeutic Recreation and paddleboarding programming. This includes inclusion services, allowing children or adults with special needs to participate in regular programming with adaptations or additional assistance as needed.
“This includes, but is not limited to, social skills camp for kids, private lessons, and small group sessions,” Buell said. “An assessment will be completed initially to help determine any accommodations needed. We will do our best to accommodate everyone, but need to make sure that safety comes first.”
A specialized half-day camp for children with special needs, particularly those needing assistance with social skills, will also be offered.
Check out www.whynotpaddle.com or Facebook.com/whynotpaddle for more information.