I'm thrilled to welcome Hayley Browning to The Joy of SUP Podcast today!
Known for her infectious energy and love of the outdoors, Hayley is co-founder of the award-winning Paddle Cabin and British Canoeing SUP Coach, and it’s safe to say paddleboarding has completely transformed her life since her diagnosis of breast cancer in 2017 at the age of 27.
Paddleboarding has allowed her to reconnect to nature, the feeling that had been missing for her since 2010 where she lived in a wooden cabin with no electricity on a Wolf Lake in Minnesota. While having an 11 year career in the charity-corporate partnership world taught her a lot, it’s not the environment that would help her overcome the long-term physical and mental effects of having breast cancer at such a young age, unlike the positive wellbeing effects of the outdoors.
After lockdown’s reflection time, quitting her 9-5 office job without a real plan and risking her life savings to follow her dream of working on the water paid off, with the opportunity of a lifetime soon coming her way. Fast forward six months, alongside her friend Jo Taylor, Hayley opened the Paddle Cabin’s door and brought the paddle life to Kent, winning awards for their paddleboarding business which has water safety and wellbeing on the water at it’s heart.
Combine that love of nature, with her passion for introducing people to adventure, and getting into the nitty gritty of technical SUP coaching, that’s what you can expect from time with Hayley. Hopefully this episode will give you a flavour of paddle life at the cabin and inspire you to take that leap into your unknown, and trust the net will appear, like it did for Hayley.
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You can find her here:
Paddlecabin Website: www.paddlecabin.co.uk
Instagram: Hayley personal
I hope you enjoyed meeting Hayley!
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