About Paddle Into Fitness

Paddle Into Fitness began in 2010 with professional athlete, ocean lifeguard, aquatic emergency medical technician, yoga and fitness instructor Gillian Gibree. The first Paddle Into Fitness location launched in San Diego with SUP beginner lessons, SUP Yoga & Fitness classes and expanded up to Orange County. After training instructors in San Diego and Orange County, Gillian saw the need to create a quality teacher training program to offer to the public. In 2012, Paddle Into Fitness began offering Paddleboard and SUP Yoga Certifications approved under Yoga Alliance and the World Paddle Association, as well as a SUP Fitness program approved under the American Council on Exercise (ACE), NASM, CanFitPro, and the AFAA. Paddle Into Fitness also offers a Master Instructor training, which allows graduates to run PIF trainings around the world!

In addition to certifications, Paddle Into Fitness created an inflatable SUP Yoga & Fitness Paddleboard specifically designed for yogis & fitness enthusiasts looking to expand their practice to the best studio or gym of all….the water! Our travel-friendly Paddleboard rolls up in to a backpack and can be checked at the airport with no oversize luggage fees. Besides just yoga & fitness, the board can be utilized for SUP adventures of all kinds: fishing, fitness, whitewater, and small wave surfing.

In 2015, Paddle Into Fitness launched Float Into Fitness, which features a curriculum based on teaching yoga & fitness with inflatable mats in a pool setting. This certification is available in both a ‘live’ format and an online format approved for CEC’s from top fitness organizations. To compliment our Float Into Fitness pool training, our rectangular pool fitness mat is perfect for creating fun and challenging workouts in the aquatic environment while adding a new twist to your yoga or fitness routine. This system is great for indoor and outdoor pools, and will allow gyms, recreation centers, resorts, and athletic clubs to run yoga and fitness classes on the water.

Paddle Into Fitness cares about creating and supporting an international community of paddlers. With this in mind, PIF offers seasonal outdoor fitness retreats that highlight the beauty and peace of nature while also nurturing the body and mind with healthful activities and whole foods. Annual retreat destinations range from mermaid tours in Tulum, Mexico to the mountains and lakes of Whistler, BC. PIF welcomes you to join us in experiencing the renewal and revitalization that are the hallmarks of our retreats!

The PIF team also specializes in planning outdoor fitness adventures in California or internationally. Activities include paddle surfing, SUP Yoga, free diving, SUP interval training, ocean paddling, hiking, body surfing, exploring the outdoors, and much more! The adventures can be customized to meet individual needs, whether it be for one-on-one sessions or small private groups. If you cannot meet with PIF in person, you can always meet with us online with customized SUP, outdoor fitness, yoga, and nutrition programs, or we offer an Intro to SUP & Beginner 12-Week SUP Fitness Training Program E-Book and a Gentle Wave SUP Yoga iTunes Download.

Over the years, Paddle Into Fitness has received amazing reviews from certification graduates and international recognition from numerous media outlets – including the cover and feature SUP yoga article in Yoga Journal Magazine! Paddle Into Fitness has also been featured in Shape, The Huffington Post, Self, Yahoo Sports, San Diego Magazine, Reuters, and Fitness Magazine. The passion we have for the sport of stand up paddleboarding, yoga, fitness, and the outdoors is contagious, and we at Paddle Into Fitness are excited for you to learn this life-changing sport and incorporate it into a healthy lifestyle!

 About Gillian Gibree

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Gillian Gibree is a Massachusetts native who developed her love for the ocean through prone paddleboarding, ocean swimming, standup paddling, and surfing while working as a lifeguard on Cape Cod. The serene New England environment was also the perfect setting to take her yoga practice into nature and bring balance to the body after swim competitions and time in the water. After college, Gillian took a lifeguard position in New Zealand – a place full of adventure and untouched coastline – and her love for water sports and outdoor fitness inspired her to create Paddle Into Fitness.

After Gillian moved to San Diego, she began competing and teaching at ocean events around the world as a Roxy athlete. Some of her highlights were placing first in the Quiksilver Waikiki Festival in the SUP Survivor Race & the Water woman race and traveling to Peru as a member of Team USA for the ISA World Championships. She’s been a regular on the podium in the Battle of the Paddle California and Hawaii and was a top finisher in national lifeguard championships. She also showed her philanthropic side by paddling across the Cape Cod Bay to raise money for the Boston Children’s Hospital.

Gillian loves exploring new places on her paddleboard as well as SUP surfing and freediving, and her goal is through her adventures and teachings to inspire others to live a healthy lifestyle, follow their dreams, and give back to their local communities.

Gillian has a Bachelor of Science in Sport Management, is American Council on Exercise certified as a Health Coach & Personal Trainer, is a 200 hour E-RYT with Yoga Alliance, and certified in Fitness Nutrition by NASM. She has a decade of ocean lifeguarding experience and is a certified Emergency Medical Technician. Gillian was also a fitness model for Sports & Lifestyle Unlimited, and has worked with brands such as Athleta and Nike. She was on the cover of Yoga Journal, San Diego Magazine, and has been featured in Self, The Huffington Post, Shape, and Yahoo Sports, and has presented SUP Yoga at the San Diego Yoga Journal Conference & Wanderlust Festivals. 

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