Paddling around the pool a hit at Snyder YMCA
KITTANNING – Marcus Montebell, 6, was all smiles poolside at the Richard G. Snyder YMCA Tuesday when asked if he wanted to take a turn on a 10-foot Cruiser paddle board.
This wouldn't be the first time for Marcus to paddle board, so it didn't take him long to move from the beginning kneeling position to standing and balancing on the board's center as he paddled through the water like a pro.
Marcus, who is the son of Gary and Lisa Montebell, learned how to paddle board during the Y's day camp this summer.
YMCA CEO Joely Beeker said Y staff and board members decided to incorporate paddle board lessons into the day camp program after seeing a presentation last year from representatives of a Pittsburgh-based stand up paddle boarding group called RiseSUP.
Abby Greenbaum, of Kittanning, owned the paddle board that Marcus was trying out on Tuesday.
She said she started paddle boarding two years ago and discovered that it was a fun workout.
The activity is good for strengthening core muscles and improving balance.
“It's challenging at first, but once you get the hang of it, it's easy,” she said.
And now, thanks to a partnership with HEALTHY Armstrong, the YMCA will be able to purchase six paddle boards for next year's programming and provide lessons to a lot more folks.
HEALTHY Armstrong, which stands for Healthy Eating Active Lifestyles Together Helping Youth, has used remaining funds left over from the $1 million federal Physical Education Program (PEP) grant to purchase the boards.
The grant was awarded to HEALTHY Armstrong to promote health and physical activity for families and youth within the county.
“Our goal was to use this (grant) for – not only schools – but for the whole community,” said HEALTHY Armstrong Director Kay Owen.
Owen noted that the Allegheny River is a huge asset and resource for the community, which makes paddle boarding a natural fit for the area.
“The great thing about paddle boards is that they can be used on the river,” said Owen.
Marcus said he would try out paddle boarding on the river as long as he was certain there were no alligators or sharks in there.
Y members ready to take up the challenge will have an opportunity to learn how to paddle board on the river by the Mariner Restaurant from 9 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Sunday.
According to Bryce Kuhn, program director, groups of four will be taken out on the river by an instructor for 90-minute intervals.
Beeker said this will be the last paddle boarding lesson of the year but the Y will open up next year's lessons to include non-members.
Brigid Beatty is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-543-1303 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Armstrong man dies in single-vehicle crash
- Officials get early start on NuMine bridge replacement planning
- Donation another step toward new roof at Cowansville veterans center
- Students perform Christmas program at Kittanning health center
- Armstrong roundup targets drug dealer suspects
- Second wave of drug arrests in Armstrong and neighboring counties
- South Buffalo church nears end of more than a century of worship
- Kittanning man Yeaples guilty in 2-year-old girl’s beating
- Musician memorialized with portrait at Lenape Elementary
- Leaking gas found near site of earlier Plumcreek explosion
- Kittanning woman was victim of Route 422 crash near Elderton