14 responses to “Dream of Learning to…. Surf? Rock Climb? SUP? Golf? Here’s How!”

  1. Jane Boursaw

    Reading this piece makes me want to go out and learn a new sport! Sounds like a blast, especially in a group of women. I really need to get out more.

  2. Living Large

    Great tips! I would like to get out and learn a new sport too.

  3. ruth pennebaker

    Second the notion about female teachers. I’ve had too many male yoga instructors who pushed me further than my body could go. However … I consider fear of heights and dark water to be perfectly *rational* fears.

  4. NoPotCoooking

    These are such great tips!! You are so right about how women do things differently so learning from a woman changes the experience. I will remember this.

  5. Roxanne @ Champion of My Heart

    For my b-day in 2001, my hubby bought me (actually both of us) scuba lessons. Our instructor was a man, but all in all … it went OK.

    I did sort of freak out though, the first time I had to step off the ledge (with all the heavy gear on) and into the pool. I stood there for a LONG time and shook. Literally shook with fear.

    But eventually, I jumped in and was fine.

    When we took our test, though, we did so together, and at one point, my hubby didn’t know which way was UP (poor water visibility), so we now have a hand signal for “I’ve lost my bearings.”

    It’s probably important to know that I did NOT know how to swim, until I was an adult. I learned … after our honeymoon. I snorkeled in Hawaii and was fine, so I learned to SWIM … then a few years later, I learned to SCUBA.

    Not to shabby … if I do say so myself.

  6. Vera Marie Badertscher

    I’m not a sporting type–never was. When I was a child I had asthma and they didn’t know that being active was actually GOOD for asthmatic children. Sigh! But I do love your advice and know lots of people will profit from it.

  7. Casey

    as the most non-athletic person on the planet, I’m going to take your advice and apply it to guitar lessons, something I’ve always wanted to do… anyone willing to teach me?

  8. Melanie @ Frugal Kiwi

    Great advice. When I started going to a local rock climbing wall, I noticed there was a women’s group that got together regularly. I never quite made it to that night, but it always seemed like a fabulous idea!

  9. MyKidsEatSquid

    I remember learning to snorkel. I’m a better than average swimmer so I thought I’d do fine but my mask didn’t fit right, the guy kept telling me just to deal with it. Not fun. I switched masks and then had no problem. I do enjoy learning new sports.

  10. Sheryl

    I enjoyed reading this post. It’s so true that women communicate differently with women than men do. They understand one another not only physically but emotionally, which factors into learning a new sport so heavily.

  11. sarah henry

    Okay, you, when are we gonna go kayaking or stand-up paddling together? I’m game and appreciate this piece, which makes learning something new in, ah, middle age seem doable.

  12. Cruise deals

    Totally agree with the women teacher’s, im always abit put of when i see a man taking a class. But walking into a class with a woment teacher and lots of women taking part puts me at ease straight away. I would love to learn how to surf, so might have to bite the bullet and look into it 🙂

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