SUP is super fun and everyone should give it a try but there are a couple things you should know beforehand to make it an enjoyable first experience.
What is SUP?
SUP stands for Stand Up Paddleboard and originated in Hawaii with big wave surfer like Laird Hamilton but has grown for over 10 years now and people are falling in love on lakes, rivers, stream, pools, and oceans worldwide!
Will I be able to SUP?
Yes! It is kinda like learning to ride a bike, you will get it and be fine!
We welcome people of all fitness levels to try out SUPing, but:
All students must be able to swim.
Students need to be 10 years old.
How do I sign up?
A full listing of class times can be found here. You need to sign the waiver and pay on our system, pick your class, and register in the same transaction.
How much does it cost?
Where do we meet? How do I get there?
Make sure you know which location to meet up at for your class. Classes can switch locations depending on weather, so check the day you are coming in our class schedule!
Directions for Hubbard & Maclean (Kew Balmy Beach):
Check out the location here : Google Maps Link
Are there change rooms? Are there bathrooms? Can I lock stuff up?
There are change rooms and bathrooms at the Kew Balmy location but they are, almost, a 10 minute walk away. Please take this into consideration and be early for your class time. We do not have change rooms or bathrooms where we are meeting you, however, we can lock up stuff for you. There is plenty of places to lock up bikes too.
How should I dress?
Yoga clothes, wetsuits, & bikinis are all appropriate. Wear what you will feel the most comfortable in if you are wet. Shorts, tank top, and maybe a windbreaker will work too.
June: the water is still quite cold. You can wear a wetsuit or just shorts and a windbreaker. Wear what you think you'd want to wear. We are not trying to get you wet, quite the opposite.
July & August: It’s summer! Come in your bathing suit or yoga clothes.. Whatever you are comfortable in. Just remember you will probably get a bit wet sitting on the board at least.
September: the water is getting colder. You can wear a wetsuit or just the neoprene booties on your feet. Specialized clothing is also an option.
What should I bring with me?
Please bring your cell phone in case you are running behind or lost. A change of clothes and towel in case you get wet. Sunglasses are not permitted in Beginner classes but hats are. If you need your glasses to see, please bring something that will keep them on your face if you fall in the water. Bring some drinking water and some natural sunblock or maybe even a windbreaker if you get a bit cold easily.
How will I get my photos after?
We will email the photos to your email address used for booking the class. within 24 hours after usually.
What if my class was cancelled?
Due to weather and water conditions, we may need to cancel a class up to 2 hours prior to start of class in which case you will be credited and can reschedule a class. We want you to have the best possible experience – it’s not fun to learn in high winds and choppy waters. Sometimes these conditions exist even if it’s sunny and warm out.
What if I need to cancel or reschedule a class?
If you need to cancel a class, you can do so in the system on your own, with a minimum of 8 hours notice.
What if I have my own SUP board?
We offer discounts for people with their own boards on the sup surf series classes only. However, we do have over 15 different boards for you to try and keep up to date with the newest boards. You will be able to advance more quickly if you try lots of different ones!
Can I book a lesson for my own group?
Can I bring my child?
Private lessons for you and your child to learn together can be booked under a 1hr private class.
Are dudes welcome?
Of course, everyone is welcome to SUP with us.