WHO WE ARE
SJ started GirlsGetOutThereNZ as a 'closed' Facebook group in early 2014 to share her love for paddle boarding and all sports involving water & the outdoors, with other like minded girls. Her goal was and is to inspire other girls wanting to get off the couch and lead a healthier active lifestyle and have fun along the way.
In Aug 2014 SJ went to Sydney and qualified as a ASI Level 1 & 2 Stand Up Paddle board Instructor with Water Rescue & First Aid Certificates under her belt she had the qualifications and eagerness to now teach girls how to Stand Up Paddle Board. Starting with lessons every Sunday and with small groups of four even in the depths of winter, girls were feeling the stoke and confidence that Stand up Paddle Boarding brings.
Keen to encourage and reach more girls she set up the business page and company officially as ‘GirlsGetOutThere NZ Ltd’ in October 2014. In 2015 SJ then went on to become PaddleFit Certified by the coach of the USA Paddle Team and founder of PaddleFit ‘Brody Welte’ and is an active member of the worldwide family of PaddleFit Coaches.
In 2016 GGOTNZ became an accredited Surfing New Zeland SUP School. SJ is also a certified Suring NZ SUP Instructor and community life guard.
Over the seasons SJ has introduced a new format for "NEWBIES" to have a fun , intensive workshop SUP day out with other wannabe & intermediate paddlers.
This was the start of our Girls Big SUP Day Out which is held 3 times a year in May, Oct & Feb.
Paddling all year round is easy to do when there are so many amazing waterways in and around our coastlines. SJ has introduced a Winter Touring Season Pass where girls can join in on any session including Lake Tours, Paddle to the Pub, Mystery Tours and opportunities to explore further - even paddle with Glow Worms!