Beginner lessons are designed to get you up and paddling in the shortest amount of time while still giving you a full WPA (World Paddleboarding Association) based lesson… with lots of smiles and fun thrown in! I start with the basics, but include information on Boards, Paddles, holding the paddle correctly, proper stroke technique, turning and maneuvering the board, water safety (very important), carrying the board to and from the water correctly and then getting on the board from the shoreline. From there the lesson takes to the sea and we practice the strokes and then how to stand correctly – trust me, this is important! Once you are standing and can comfortably balance, paddle and turn the board, we go for a guided paddle that usually lasts about an hour. While out there, I will do my best to point out any mistakes in form or technique that you might have. I also provide little bits of information and history on the island if you want, but the colour of the water and the possibility of spotting a Sea Turtle is usually enough distraction for most.
Morning Lessons & Paddles are better for Pictures and seeing the beautiful colours in the water and on the reef. Evening Lessons & Sunset Paddles are more peaceful and relaxing and the sunsets can be stunning!
Requirements: You MUST be able to swim. No questions asked. Not necessarily like Michael Phelps or Mark Spitz, but you should be able to comfortably tread water if you fall off the board.
Depending on the time of the lesson you might want to bring some sunscreen and or a Rash Guard, a towel and your smile!
We had an amazing time and your lesson was really clear and informative… we are only sorry that we waited until our last day! – Mark & Rita (Canada)
Once you’ve done your beginner lesson and you are fairly comfortable on an SUP Board, we can try a number of different things to keep you interested. With a guided Tour, I offer to review your basic stroke technique, try you on smaller boards (to challenge you and your core) and teach you a couple advanced turning techniques and strokes.
See some of our more popular tours or classes below or view our page on SUP Surfing and SUP Yoga here:
For those of you who might like to combine a nice Paddle and a Snorkel Tour to see some Sea Turtles, this one is for you! We offer Paddles from select locations to swim with the beautiful Sea Turtles. A small Selection of Masks & Snorkels are provided, but it is recommended to bring your own. These tours last about 1.5 to 2 hours and while seeing a Turtle is probable, it is not guaranteed as these are wild creatures that come and go as they please.
Locations: West Coast & Carlisle Bay
Best Time: Mornings from 9am to 11am
Requirements: You must be able to swim and previous snorkeling experience is recommended. This tour can be combined with a beginner SUP Lesson.
What to bring: Mask, Snorkel and Flippers if you have them. Bikinis and board shorts! Rash guard or Sunscreen highly recommended. Bring a Towel and change of clothes if you want. I provide a cool bottle of water for after your class.
Once you’ve paddled a few times and you want to try something more challenging, I offer longer paddles and “Down-Winders”. A down-wind paddle is basically a guided, one way paddle from one point to another… no return trip against the wind! While this sounds easy, they usually rely heavily on core strength as the route is usually more “off-shore” with wind and chop thrown in to up the difficulty. Transport logistics aside, these paddles are usually done along the South Coast at different distances according to paddlers fitness or stamina. They are also a great way to see a lot of the coast from the sea in one go and turtle sightings are frequent and sting-rays sometimes make an appearance!
Locations: South Coast from Dover to Pebbles
Best Time: Mornings from 9am to 11am
Requirements: You must be able to swim well and in good physical shape. Previous SUP experience is essential. You should be confident on paddling through small to medium waves and have good core strength and balance.
What to bring: Rash guard or Sunscreen highly recommended. A hydration pouch like a “Camel Bak” is also recommended. Bring a Towel and change of clothes to put in my “Dry bag”.
If you are looking to paddle frequently and want to make Stand-Up-Paddling part of a fitness regime, I am also Paddle Fit Certified and I can recommend a number of ways for you to use the board, not only for Paddling, but also for a good full body workout. (See the Link below)
Locations: West Coast or Carlisle Bay
Best Time: Mornings or Afternoons
Requirements: You must be able to swim and be in relatively good shape. Previous SUP experience is highly recommended, but in the least a beginner SUP Lesson is required.
What to wear: Bikini with board shorts or “boy shorts” for girls and board shorts for guys are recommended. Bring a Towel and change of clothes in case you fall in. I provide a cool bottle of water for after your class.