Paddle for Recovery Offers FREE Paddleboard Classes for Cancer Survivors

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Paddle for Recovery sponsored by SIC MAUI is back for a 3rd year. My, how it has grown!  Due to the kindness of and generosity of the paddleboard community and watersports businesses, FREE paddleboard classes for cancer survivors are now available in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Virginia, North Carolina, New York, and Oregon.

Photo Credit: Josh Edenbaum

SUP Classes for Cancer Survivors

Paddle for Recovery is a free SUP class for cancer survivors and their important caregivers who support them through treatment. The mission of this program is to provide survivors an opportunity to escape the stresses of cancer while experiencing the health and wellness benefits of paddleboarding. It also hopes to maybe allow them to find a new passion worth pursuing.

There are no gimmicks – it’s just FREE for anyone who is currently undergoing or who have completed cancer treatments. Classes are hosted by various watersports business who donate launch locations, gear, and instructors. Classes are filled through the marketing efforts of the Paddle for Recovery team: Casi Rynkowski and Michelle Currier.

Three years ago, Casi Rynkowski founded Paddle for Recovery after watching several family and friends suffer the ravages of cancer treatment and an arduous road to recovery.  She wanted to provide immediate mental relief while giving survivors a new way to approach exercise.  Exercise is one of the keys to battling cancer fatigue in the recovery phase which can last several years. For survivors, it’s a vicious circle of trying to find the energy to invest in exercise, to reup the energy gain.  New studies have shown that outdoor activity like paddleboarding can aid in recovery from disease, reduce stress, increase concentration, and improve your overall health and wellbeing.

Fast forward three years later, there are now 16 classes across 6 states, all initially managed, marketed and over half taught by Rynkowski herself.  Her original intentions were to let the program organically grow at its own pace, not realizing the generosity she would encounter along the way.  But if your goal is to reach as many survivors as possible, then finding help is a must. Enter, Michelle Currier, friend, and a fellow instructor who has helped teach Paddle for Recovery classes in Cape Cod.  Michelle has joined forces with Casi and will help link survivors to classes across the US.

Photo Credit: Josh Edenbaum

Paddle for Recovery:  Schedule of Classes 2019

If you are interested in hosting a Paddle for Recovery class or want to help spread the word regarding one of the below class listings, please visit  Casi Performance Training & Outdoor Fitness

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Narrow River Kayaks – Rhode Island
CLASS IS FULL
Thursday, July 11, 2019
5:30 PM –  7:00 PM
Narragansett, Rhode Island

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Osprey Sea & Surf Adventures – Massachusetts
CLASS IS FULL
Saturday, July 20, 2019
9:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Dartmouth Massachusetts

Paddle for Recovery hosted by MOCEAN – Massachusetts
CLASS IS FULL
Sunday, July 28, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Bourne, Massachusetts

Paddle for Recovery hosted by The Waterfront – Virginia
CLASS IS FULL
Thursday, August 1, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Richmond, Virginia

Paddle for Recovery hosted by The Waterfront – Virginia
CLASS IS FULL
Wednesday, July 31st, 2019
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Richmond, Virginia

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Lakeview Marine – Massachusetts
4 SPOTS LEFT
Saturday, August 3, 2019
9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Webster, Massachusetts

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Stoke on the Water and Big Winds  – Oregon
BOOKING NOW
Friday, September 20th, 2019
4:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Hood River, Oregon

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Stoke on the Water and Big Winds  – Oregon
BOOKING NOW
Friday, September 21st, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Hood River, Oregon

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Stoke on the Water and Big Winds  – Oregon
BOOKING NOW
Friday, September 22nd, 2019
10:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Hood River, Oregon

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Livestrong at the Greendale YMCA, Massachusetts
(open to Livestrong members only)
Friday, July 26, 2019
9:00 AM  11:00 AM
Greendale YMCA, Worcester, MA

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Livestrong at the Westborough YMCA, Massachusetts
(open to Livestrong members only)
Friday, July 26, 2019
9:00 AM  11:00 AM
Greendale YMCA, Worcester, MA

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Patty’s Watersports, New York
BOOKING NOW
Friday, July 28th, 2019
9:30 AM  11:30 AM
Lake George, New York

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Pink Hippy, Massachusetts
BOOKING NOW
Friday, August 27th, 2019
5:30 PM  7:30 PM
Holland, MA

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Stand Up Outfitters, North Carolina
BOOKING NOW
Wednesday, July 24th, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
New Bern, North Carolina

Paddle for Recovery hosted by Stand Up Outfitters, North Carolina
BOOKING NOW
Monday, August 12th, 2019
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM
New Bern, North Carolina