What's SUP?

Ready to Try Paddleboarding?

This short course is a quick introduction to the fast-growing sport of standup paddleboarding. With the help of an instructor, you’ll learn just the basics you need to get started in the world of SUP.


1.5 hours

Instructor to Participant Ratio


Skills Taught

Strokes and maneuvers

  • Forward and reverse paddling
  • Draws
  • Sweep strokes (forward and reverse)
  • Stances:  (kneeling,  neutral, and surf)

Rescue and safety

  • Safe launching and landing techniques
  • Correct body and hand positioning
  • Falling (with style!)
  • Leash use
  • Unassisted and assisted remounting of board in deep water

Meeting Location

This course meets on the beach at Whiskey Island, just east of Edgewater Park. Use the parking lot for the volleyball courts.

Upcoming Class Dates


Prior Courses

None, just a willingness to challenge yourself and get wet!

Age Limits

14 and over only, please.    Participants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.   Participants over 16 but under 18 must have a waiver signed by a legal guardian. 

Height and Weight Limits

In order to ensure your comfort and safety, participants should be between 5′ and 6’4″ tall and 95 lbs to 235 lbs.

Non-Discriminatory Essential Eligibility Criteria

In order to participate in this program, each participant must satisfy the following essential eligibility criteria: 

  • Be able to independently participate in all individual skills and activities while also maintaining an appropriate and safe body position.
  • Be able to hold their breath while under water and, while in the water wearing a properly fitted lifejacket, be able to independently turn from a face down to a face up position keeping their head above water. 
  • Be able to effectively communicate with the instructor and other program participants. 
  • Be able to manage all personal care independently, or with the assistance of a companion.
  • Be able to manage all personal mobility independently, or with the assistance of a companion.