Paddle Board Lessons

There is a critical difference between stand up paddle boarding and stand up paddle surfing. Pretty much anyone that can swim and walk without assistance is probably (regardless of age, regardless of physical ability or athleticism) capable of stand up paddle boarding on flat water. Venturing out into the surf is more of an exhilarating experience, especially for a beginner. And the danger involved and thus skill required increases with the size of the waves and current conditions. Don’t let this scare you away from stand up paddle surfing, as it’s a LOT easier than surfing (if you’ve ever tried that) and more importantly it’s an absolute blast! That being said, taking a lesson if you’re planning on going out sup surfing is highly recommended. I did the first time I went out (which was also the first time I was on a SUP), and I caught half a dozen pretty good size waves. I also fell off the board about 20 times before getting the balance. Then I got stung by a stingray. Nonetheless, I was hooked. You will be too! 

Paddle Board Lessons

A novice at stand up paddle boarding may fall off the board a few times the first outing (it’s easy to get back up), but they can do flat water paddling and not be in any real danger so long as they pay attention to the wind and any currents and don’t get into a situation where either of those will take them somewhere they can’t get back from. My 6 year old son goes out stand up paddle boarding on his own while I watch from the shore. He has, on occasion, drifted across a section of the bay in a slight wind and I had to run around to get him (NOTE: best to play around in an onshore wind so you get blown back to shore instead of the opposite, especially when you’re not a strong paddler yet). The take away is just be smart about it and it’s safe, and there is really little reason to take a lesson. Better to take a stand up paddle boarding tour, which is usually a combination of a lesson followed by a tour to some cool new place you’ve never been.

If you plan on stand up paddle surfing, we recommend taking a lesson. To facilitate that end, we’ve created a directory of some companies offering stand up paddle surfing lessons below.

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Stand Up Paddle Surfing Lessons

Stand up paddle surfing lessons in San Diego, California

Mitch’s Surf Shop (Highly recommended – Mitch, the owner will give you the lesson)

Two Stand Up Guys (Carlsbad, CA)

Carlsbad Stand Up Paddle Board Club (Carlsbad, CA)

SUP Coronado (Coronado, CA)

Surf Diva (La Jolla, CA)

Coreys Wave (La Jolla, CA)

Sandiego Surf Lesson (Mission Beach, CA)

Sandiego Surfing School (San Diego, CA)

Surfer Girls (San Diego, CA)

Ocean Beach (San Diego, CA)

Surfari Surf (San Diego, CA)

Paddle Boarding (La Jolla, CA)

Paddle Board Bliss (San Diego, CA)

Falcum Sports (Del Mar, CA)

Paddle In To Fitness (Mission Bay, CA)

Muai Surf Academy (Encinitas, CA)

Pacific Surf (San Diego, CA)

Aloha Stand Up Paddle (Leucadia, CA)

Stand Up Paddleboarding Lessons in other parts of California

Cove Water (Santa Cruz, CA)

Santa Barbara Adventure Company (Santa Barbara, CA)

Board Sports School (Alameda, CA)

Malibu Longboards (Malibu, CA)

Cove Paddle Fitness (Malibu, CA)

Malibu Paddle Surf (Santa Monica, CA)

Go Surf LA (Santa Monica, CA)

Aqua Surf School (Santa Monica, CA)

Poseidon (Venice, CA)

Learn To Surf LA (Venice, CA)

Mc Kinnon (Huntington Beach, CA)

Taho Adventure Company (Tahoe Vista, CA)

La Vida Laguna (Laguna Beach, CA)

Danger Women (Huntington Beach, CA)

New Port Surf School (Corona Del Mar, CA)

Silver Strand Surf School (Oxnard, CA)

Adrift Tahoe (Kings Beach, CA)

Captain Kirk's (San Pedro, CA)

Sup The Bay (Sausalito, CA)

Sup Sesh (Manhattan Beach, CA)

Hawaii SUP Lessons Companies in Hawaii

Rainbow Adventures SUP Lessons (North Shore Oahu, HI)

Hawaiian Style Surf (Kula, Maui, HI)

Muai Surfer Girls (Puunene, HI)

Outrageous Surf (Maui, HI)

Hawaii surl Lesson 101 (Maui, HI)

HST (Kahului, HI)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding School (Maui, HI)

Maui Sports Unlimited (Kahului, HI)

Balmoral (Haleiwa, HI)

Kona Boys (Kealakekua, HI)

Maui Wave Riders (Kihei, HI)

Wind Ward Water Sports (Kailua, HI)

Samui Paddle Board (Kohala Coast, HI)

Waikiki Beach Services (Honolulu, HI)

Faith Surf School (Oahu, HI)

Surf N Sea (Haleiwa, HI)

Maui Surf Clinics (Lahaina, HI)

Try Kauai (Kapaa, Kauai, HI)

Blue Soul Maui (Maui, HI)

TY Gurney Surf School (Oahu, HI)

Kayak Kaua'i (Kauai, HI)

Kanaha Kai Muai (Kahului, Maui, HI)

Maui Beach Boys (Maui, HI)

Hawaiian Surfing Adventures (Kilauea, HI)

Adventure Maui (Kula, HI)

Honu Hawaii Activities (Hanalei Bay, HI)

Honu Hawaii Activities (Maunalua Bay, Oahu, HI)

Honu Hawaii Activities (Lahaina, HI)

Pro Surf School (Waikiki, HI)

Kailua Chamber Of Commerce (Kailua, HI)

Goofy Foot (Lahaina, HI)

Hawaii Surf Guru (Honolulu, HI)

SUP Lessons in Wisconsin

Clear Water Outdoor (Lake Geneva, WI)

Wind Power Wind Surfing (Fond Du Lac, WI)

Fontana Paddle Company (Fontana, WI)

Rutabaga (Monona, WI)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in North Carolina

Real R (Waves, NC)

Kitty Hawk Surf (Nags Head, NC)

Hot Wax Surf (Emerald Isle, NC)

Coastalurge (Wilmington, NC)

Odysea Surf (Carolina Beach, NC)

Outer Banks Surf School (Outer Banks, NC)

Oceanisle Surf Academy (Kill Devil Hills, NC)

Corolla Surf Shop (Corolla, NC)

Duck Village Outfitters (Duck Rd, Duck, NC)

Carolina School of Surf (Wrightsville Beach, NC)

Kitty Hawk Water Sports (Nags Head, NC)

Surf Camp (Wrightsville Beach, NC)

Kitty Hawk Kayaks (Kitty Hawk, NC)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in South Carolina

Charleston SUP Safari (Folly Beach, SC)

Sol Surfers (Mt. Pleasant, SC)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Florida

Calema (Orlando, FL)

Surf Guy (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Jupiter Kite Boarding (Jupiter, FL)

Yolo Board (Santa Rosa Beach, FL)

Sobe Surf (Miami, FL)

Paddle Board Orlando (Orlando, FL)

Ron Jon Surf School (Cocoa Beach, FL)

SUP Eco Adventures (Melbourne Beach, FL)

Florida Paddle Board Lessons (Pompano Beach, FL)

East Cost Paddle (New Smyrna Beach, FL)

Urban Kai (Tampa Bay, FL)

Lets Go Stand Up (St. Augustine, FL)

Kayak Cafe (Palm Coast, FL)

Lazy Dog (Key West, FL)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in New York

Main Beach (Wainscott, NY)

Long Island SUP (East Islip, NY)

Sunset Surf Shack (Montauk, NY)

Board Surf Shop (Rockaway Beach, NY)

New York Surfing Lessons (Rockaway Beach, NY)

Hudson Valley Sup (Hudson Valley, NY)

Weekend Warrior Tours (Sag Harbor, NY)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Virginia

Ocean Rentals Ltd (Virginia Beach, VA)

Black Dog Paddle (Richmond, VA)

Tula Sports (Virginia Beach, VA)

East Coast Board Sports (Richmond, VA)

Beach Eco Tour (Virginia Beach , VA)

Surf And Adventure (Virginia Beach, VA)

Stand up paddle surfing & flatwater SUP lessons in other areas of the Country

White Cap SUP (Augusta, GA)

Potomac Paddle Sports (Rockville, MD)

Nantucket Island Surf School (Nantucket, MA)

SUP Surfari (Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA)

Seaspray Kayaking (Freeport, ME)

Sun Country Tours (Bend, OR)

Stand Up Paddle Flat Water (Bend, OR)

Harbor Outfitters (Sea Isle City, NJ)

Harbor Outfitters (Ocean City, NJ)

Harbor Outfitters (Stone Harbor, NJ)

Hill Country Surf (Austin, TX)

North West Outdoor Center-Seattle (Seattle, WA)

North By Northwest Surf Co (Port Angeles, WA)

Sup Guides (Hermitage, TN)

Sup Guides (Nashville, TN)

East of Maui (Dewey Beach, DE)

Kayak Country (Wilmot, NH)

Sup Kulture (Lake Havasu City, AZ)

Arizona Paddle Board Rentals (Greater Phoenix, AZ)

Boc 123 (Boulder, CO)

Surf Sup Colorado (Denver, CO)

Larson Sport (Wheat Ridge, CO)

Paddle Surf Champlain (Burlington, VT)

Stormboarding (Burlington, VT)

Lake Sup (Wayzata, MN)

Paddle Surf RI (Misquamicut, RI)

Blue Nose Surf (Douglas, AK)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Canada

Surf Ontario (Ontario, Canada)

Paddle Surf (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Deep Cove Canoe & Kayak (North Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Island Surf Company (Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada)

Sealeags Kayaking (Ladysmith, BC, Canada)

Rocky Point Kayes (Port Moody, BC, Canada)

Sealegs Kayaking Adventures (Ladysmith, BC, Canada)

Alberni Outpost (Vancouver, BC, Canada)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Australia

Paddle Trainer (Cronulla, NSW, Australia)

Balmoral (Hamilton Island, Australia)

Torquay Surfing Academy (Victoria, Australia)

Surf Clinics (Coolangatta, QLD, Australia)

Tropic Surf (Noosa Heads QLD, Australia)

Academy Of Surfing (Bondi Beach, NSW, Australia)

Dmb Stand Ups (Brunswick Heads, NSW, Australia)

Surfing Services (Currumbin, QLD, Australia)

Bundeena (Bundeena, New South Wales, Australia)

Stand Up Paddle Gear Australia (Terrey Hills, NSW, Australia)

Broulee Surf School (East Coast, NSW, Australia)

Kite Surf 1770 (Agnes Water, QLD, Australia)

SUP Lessons in the Caribbean Islands

Stand Up Paddle Boarding (Cabarete, Dominican Republic)

Cabarete Surf Camp (Cabarete, Dominican Republic)

Swell Surf Camp (Cabarete, Dominican Republic)

SUP Lessons in the UK

SUP Gower (Wales, UK)

The Kite Surf Centre (East Sussex, UK)

Board Skillz (North Tyneside, UK)

Harlyn Surf School (Padstow, Cornwall, UK)

We SUP (Falmouth, UK)

Kite Surfing (Northumberland, UK)

Brittish Virgin Islands Watertoys (Road Town, BVI)

Croyde-Surf-Hire (North Devon, UK)

Sorted Surf School (Bournemouth, Dorset, UK)

SUP Lessons in Mexico

Puerto Vallarta Tours (Puerto Vallarta, Mexico)

Ocean Pro Kite (Tulum Riviera Maya, Mexico)

Mexico SUP (B.C.S, Mexico)

Extreme Control (Quintana Roo, Mexico)

Mexico Surf School (Puerto Escondido, Mexico)

Under Toe Mexico (Costa Maya, Mexico

SUP Lessons in Indonesia

Wave Hunter Bali (Bali, Indonesia)

Rip Curl School Of Surf (Bali, Indonesia)

SUP Lessons in Thailand

Stand Up Paddle Thai (Phuket, Thailand)

Samui Paddle Board (Koh Samui, Thailand)

SUP Lessons in Spain

Hot Stick Tarifa (Tarifa, Spain)

Grancanaria Surf (Calle Almansa, Spain)

Dragon Kite Schoo (Tarifa, Cadiz, Spain)

Oceano Surf (Playa De El Palmar, Spain)

Surf Camp Spain (Costa De La Luz, Spain)

Greeni Guan Surf Camp (Tarifa, Spain)

Girasol (Tarifa, Spain)

SUP Lessons in South Africa

Jamin Adventures (Plettenberg Bay, SA)

Surf Store Africa (Cape Town, SA)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Mauritius

kite@tnorth (Grand Gaube, Mauritius)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Argentina

Zeds Surf Travel (Barbados, Argentina)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Ireland

Irish SUP (Dublin, Ireland)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Brasil

Surf Vista (Boa Vista, Roraima, Brazil)

Stand Up Paddle Boarding Lessons in Vietnam

Storm (Phan Thiet, Vietnam)