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Tuesday, June 21, 2016 - 16:22

We get a lot of questions from first time paddle boarders, and many people are surprised by just how accessible paddle boarding really is. You do not need any special knowledge or even experience to use a paddle board. In fact, anyone ten years of age or older may use a paddle board to enjoy Lake Pleasant’s 12,000-acres of calm, beautiful water. With just a few simple tips, you can be out on the water using your very own paddle board – or even taking a paddle board tour from one of our Lake Pleasant experts! Here’s what you need to know:

1) Wear a Lifejacket
While we do require renters have the ability to swim before hitting the water, there are additional precautions in place to keep you safe on the water. Lifejackets are required attire to rent a paddle board at Lake Pleasant and must be worn at all times during your rental or tour.

2) Use a Leash
Each paddle board comes with a leash to keep you tethered to your board for safety purposes. Once you realize just how important this feature is, you’ll never want to be without one!

3) Practice Falling
It sounds counterintuitive, but experts recommend falling off your board right away so you understand how it feels and how to fall safely (hint: you want to fall away from the board). Your leash will keep you tethered, so never worry about losing the board itself. Safety is the primary concern!

4) Front End Forward
Make sure your paddle board is aligned properly, since the front and back are not the same. Most beginner boards will come with a large round nose and a slightly thinner tail end. When in doubt, look for the fin. Fins will only be found at the back of your board since they are designed to provide stability to your ride.

5) Use Your Core
It’s no secret paddle boards provide a great low-impact cardio workout and help increase upper body strength. What you might not have expected, however, is that all your paddling power comes from your core – your arms only guide the paddle. Keep this in mind and you’ll have smooth sailing all the way!

6) Use the Whole Paddle
You can’t go halfway with paddle boarding. Make sure the entire paddle (sans handle, of course) is in the water for the smoothest stroke with the least amount of splashing.

7) Spread Your Hands
Be sure to spread your hands on the handle of your paddle for the strongest stroke. You want on hand to be in the middle of the handle guiding the paddle while the other is on the top of the handle, controlling the depth of the paddle. A strong core will assist with this movement, too.

8) Bring Me That Horizon
Most beginners want to watch the board when they go out on the water for the first time. The best way to maintain stability on a paddle board is to maintain good posture with your head up and your back straight. Keep your eyes trained on the horizon for best results.

9) Float
If you find that you need a break, your board actually serves as a handy flotation device to assist your life jacket in keeping you above water. It’s okay to just lay back for a few minutes and take in the beautiful scenery at Lake Pleasant. Who knows: you might just see some local wildlife on the shore!

10) Come early
Paddle board rentals are first come, first served, so it is important to show up early in order to guarantee your rental! There is no better way to enjoy the scenic beauty of Lake Pleasant than from the comfort of your board. For an authentic Arizona experience, consider a paddle board tour of Lake Pleasant. Our guides give you everything you need to know about Lake Pleasant, as well as the plants and animals in the area.

Whether it’s your first time on a paddle board or you are a seasoned surfer with experience on every watercraft possible, Arizona Outdoor Fun has an option for you. Call us at (602) 400-2445 for more information or book your own adventure online now!

Written by Joe Haldiman
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 - 16:19

Party planning in the hot Arizona summer is always a dilemma: do you coop everyone up indoors or endure the oppressive triple digit weather outside? Our staff at Arizona Outdoor Fun have solutions that will allow you to get outside and enjoy the sunshine without all the fuss. We aren’t just tour guides – we’re party planners, too, and we have everything you need to create the perfect get-together this summer!

Our Lake Pleasant party packages offer a variety of different options to get out on the water. Choose from guided Jet Ski tours or paddle board tours complete with instruction on how to ride.

Our guided Jet Ski rentals and tours are a great way to experience Phoenix, Arizona! Choose from a two-hour or four-hour guided tour and search for bald eagles on the Agua Fria River. The four-hour tour allows for a lunch break at Dillon’s BBQ and includes one hour of free ride time all to yourself so you can test out your skills on the jet ski and experience a side of Arizona you’ve never seen before.

If you’re looking to discover a secret side of Arizona, paddle board tours can take you to parts of the lake you can’t reach by boat or Jet Ski. Our two hour paddle board tours are a great way to learn a new skill and see the Waddell Dam up close. You will get approximately 30-minutes of “free ride” time to explore the area and practice your newly perfected paddle board skills.

Our guided tours of Lake Pleasant take you between Old Waddell Dam and New Waddell Dam. Old Waddell Dam was completed in 1927, which makes it almost 90-years-old. Its construction required more than 600 workers and cost more than $3.3 million – a small fortune when it was built. New Waddell Dam was constructed as part of the Central Arizona Project (CAP) and helped create Lake Pleasant as we know it today.

In total, Lake Pleasant has more than 450 picnic areas, 225 camping sites and several miles of trails – although its real attraction is its natural beauty. Your tour guide will point out native javelina populations, bald eagles and even the area’s protected Gila topminnows as you see them along your tour. Waterfowl are plentiful along the shores of this popular Arizona attraction. Lake Pleasant’s unique location makes it the perfect place to spot native Arizona wildlife in their natural habitats.

Arizona Outdoor Fun is Lake Pleasant’s favorite tour operator for parties, team building events and just plain fun! We are able to provide transport, activities and catering for your summer event, so all that’s left to do is just show up. More than 700 travelers have given us “excellent” ratings on TripAdvisor and we are pleased to continue providing the same great customer service to all of our visitors. Give us a call today and book your complete party package with the team at Arizona Outdoor Fun!

Written by Joe Haldiman
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 16:16

Riding an ATV for the first time is an intimidating experience for many people. While it may look like a glorified dirt bike, there are some important differences to consider before riding off into the sunset. ATVs are significantly heavier than dirt bikes and have low-pressure tires. This makes them ideal for rough terrain and slower speeds, but also introduces some unique safety considerations.

Before you hop on one of our ATV rentals for a tour of Phoenix, it is important to review and follow all safety measures for a safe ride:

  • Must be 16 or older
  • No open-toed shoes
  • No skirts or dresses
  • Wear a helmet
  • Additional safety gear (as available)
  • Bring water

Get to know your bike before heading out. Some ATVs have a power lever that only needs to be pulled to start. Others might have a switch, although this will not be located in exactly the same spot on all bikes. You will need to place your hands on the handlebars and press your thumb into the gas to give power to the ATV. Some four-wheelers require you to change gears while riding, but our expert guides can provide assistance operating your ATV so this should not be a great concern.

The most important safety tip to remember is: never bike alone! It might be fun to go out on your own and enjoy an afternoon in nature, but you’ll need backup if you run out of gas or your battery dies. Our guided tours solve this problem instantly. Not only are all bikes fueled up and charged before we take off, but you are with an ATV-savvy group who can help if something unexpected occurs.

Once you’re on the trail with your guide, there are a few important things you must remember to help maintain the integrity of the trail. If there are obstacles in the trail, such as rocks or twigs, drive over them instead of trying to go around them. Similarly, do not try to cut through switchbacks. Both of these behaviors have the potential to widen the path and weaken the trail. In Arizona, a weakened trail could prove to be extremely dangerous for riders and destructive to the environment.

ATV tours and trail rides are one of the best ways to experience the natural beauty of Arizona trails and landscapes. If everyone does their part in maintaining the trails and minimizing our impact on the environment, we will have healthy trails for years to come. If you’re ready to ride through canyons and drive through some dirt under blue skies on your very own ATV, contact us and request a guided tour with one of our experts.

Written by Joe Haldiman