Paddle Your Own Canoe At White Rock Paddle Co.

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Fast Facts on White Rock Paddle Co.
Degree of Difficulty Scale For Beginners: 3 out of 10.
Calories Burned in One Hour: 225.
Muscle Soreness After The Fact: 2 out of 10.
Location: 315 East Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75218.
Activities Offered: Kayak, canoe and stand up paddleboard rentals.
Introductory Offer: One-hour paddling instruction orientation for $39.99 or a two-to-three-hour Intro to Kayaking course for $79.99.
Price: Single kayaks for $14.99/hour plus $10 each additional half hour or tandem kayaks/canoes/stand up paddleboards for $19.99/hour plus $10 each additional half hour.

Overview.
With July coming to a close and the summer heat in full swing, it's easy to feel as if there aren't very many ways to have a good time outdoors.

White Rock Paddle Co., however, provides a fun and healthy way to enjoy the outdoors with friends or family without totally melting away in the process. The company has an assortment of kayaks, canoes, and stand up paddleboards available to rent, each of which provides a totally different kind of workout and experience.

Even though White Rock Lake won't provide extremely difficult rapids to challenge your agility and strength, there can definitely still be healthy benefits to spending an hour paddling around. And, for their part, kayaking, canoeing and SUP-ing (stand-up paddleboarding) all provide a full-body workout combining your arms, legs, back and core muscles.

Stand-up paddleboarding can be compared to a beginner version of surfing — if you remove the tubular waves and add a paddle for steering. Balance is your best friend when it comes to staying on your board and, after that, it's all abs and arms as you maneuver your body back and worth to paddle your way around the lake. If you're looking for a more relaxing outing, you also have the option of kneeling or sitting as you row around. There's even room on board for a cooler full of hydrating beverages — because you know you will be sweating out there.

Class Structure.
Each board is available to rent for an hour with additional charge for each half hour you extend your stay. A life vest is provided and required in case you do flip over. Falling in is likely to happen one's first time out, which is why instructors are available to prepare you with a few tips.

Once on your own, you decide your pace and route. This workout is all up to you. Depending upon how fast and consistent your movement is determines how many calories you'll end up burning. Some daring folks even try yoga or other forms of exercise on their SUP for a really different and challenging workout.

Hey, whatever floats your boat — or paddleboard, as the case may be.

Getting Started.
White Rock Paddle Co. is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to sundown and weekends from 8 a.m. to sundown for your own personal enjoyment. Stop by to sign up and try out a new and fun outdoor way of getting some exercise.

If you're familiar with the Dallas Arboretum's Cool Thursday Night Concert Series set to take place again this fall, you might be interested in the $30 paddle trip available that coincides with the series. Not only do you get to enjoy the concert while floating on the lake, but you also get an hour-long paddle workout before arriving alongside the arboretum. The first of the series begins September 4, and tickets will be available for the paddle trip online here.

Grade.
Overall, I'll give White Rock Paddle Co. a C.




Previous Body Movin’ Grades:
Flywheel: A.
Title Boxing Club: B+.
Bikram Yoga Dallas: B.
East Dallas CrossFit: B-.
El Centro Tai Chi: C.

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