The stand-up paddleboard provides a great way to spend time on the water, but it can take some practice to get moving fluidly. Rent at Latchi Water Sports, Anassa’s beachfront partner, and you will receive a paddle, a paddleboard, and a life jacket along with a beginner’s briefing. First you need to adjust the length of the paddle—it should be slightly higher than you are when standing. The paddleboard has a recessed handle at its centre that helps you carry the board on land and grab it in the water; it also serves as a focal point for getting your balance. Start by putting the board in the water, climbing onto it, and raising yourself on your knees, your legs centred on the handle. While on your knees, you can use the paddle to move across the water; place one hand about one third from its top and the other about two thirds down, paddling on the side of the latter hand. You can paddle from front to back or back to front, alternating which side you paddle on as needed. Got the hang of it? Now it’s time to stand up. Use the paddle to help you stand up and gain balance; remember to centre your feet around the handle. When standing, place one hand on the top of the paddle and the other on its middle before paddling. To maintain balance, relax your knees and keep your back straight. Master the technique and enjoy a low intensity, core-strengthening workout.