Teen girls to stand up as new Coasting Stand Up Paddleboarding Program to launch across Victoria

Teenage girls across the state will have the opportunity to get on the water and learn to paddleboard thanks to a new program from Surfing Victoria and VicHealth.

The Coasting Stand Up Paddleboarding program will now offer teenage-specific sessions under VicHealth’s Growing Participation in Sport initiative in addition to its highly successful program for women.

The original Coasting for Women program will still be held through Surfing Victoria’s affiliated SUP School network.

“This is an exciting year for Coasting!” said Surfing Victoria CEO, Adam Robertson. “We will now have more session across the state and with the addition of Coasting for Teens, we will be reaching a whole new range of females.”

Research shows that participation for females significantly declines in the teenage years. Nine out of ten (92%) Australian 12–17 year-olds do not meet the Australian Physical Activity guidelines of an hour of physical activity every day. As children age, they tend to do less physical activity and more sedentary screen-based activity.

Surfing Victoria and VicHealth aim to turn these trends around through the Coasting for Teens program.

“The program is a great way for girls to catch up, meet new friends and get active for the day", Robertson continued. "With the addition of some new locations, we are looking forward to welcoming more local teens to the program!”

VicHealth CEO Jerril Rechter said programs like Coasting Teens were about making sport accessible, fun and non-competitive to get less active teens into sport.

“Many teenagers have told us that they stopped playing sport because it stopped being fun and started getting too competitive,” Ms Rechter said.

“We’re working with sports organisations like Surfing Victoria to deliver programs for teens that focus more on having fun and building skills and less on winning and being the best.”

Coasting programs will begin from November 3rd in locations around the state. New locations in 2018 include Royal Brighton Yacht Club, Inverloch and Anglesea.

Locations that will continue to run programs include Port Fairy, Bendigo, Ballarat, Mount Martha, Aireys Inlet, Lysterfield, Lilydale and Barwon Heads.

Sessions run for one hour and all equipment is provided. Participants are guided step-by-step with the skills to safely and competently learn how to Stand Up Paddleboard, with a maximum time spent on the water.

Interested participants can register online via the links below:

Coasting for Women

Coasting for Teens

Coasting: SUP for Women and Coasting: SUP for Teens is an initiative of VicHealth and proudly supported by Surfing Victoria.

Liam Robertson