Stand Up Paddle Lessons

SUP Lessons in Santa Barbara and Ventura

Have fun and learn at your own pace!

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A Stand-up Paddle Board Lesson in Santa Barbara is a great way to gain confidence on the water. One lesson with us and you’ll have the confidence to rent and paddle anywhere.  Stand up Paddle Boarding began in Hawaii in the mid-1900’s and soon became commercialized by Hawaiian Surf Schools in the 1990s. 

SUP Lesson Pricing Per Person
1 Person: $95
2 Person: $85
3-4 Person: $75
5+ People: $65

What’s Included?
– Paddle board, paddle, PFD (safetly flotation)
– 90 min. of private instruction
– Experienced and friendly instructor
– Easy starting point at West Beach
– Beautiful scenery and local knowledge

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When there was little swell instructors were still able to push surf clients into waves on these larger boards. The rest of the world took notice and stand up paddling has become a huge sport and evolved into a great way to get out on the water. If you’d like a lesson to help get comfortable with this relatively new sport book our stand up paddleboard lesson as we’d love to help. With so many watermen at Santa Barbara Surf School, it only made sense that we began offering stand up paddle lessons and rentals in 2011. Santa Barbara offers a beautiful coastline to stand up paddle on with many things to see. We’re also blocked by the islands which helps keep things a bit calmer out on the ocean. For SUP Lessons we highly recommend a morning lesson as the ocean is typically calmer, which makes for a better experience especially if it’s your first time.
Our instructors have been around the ocean from an early age and all of them are skilled watermen who like to have fun. We’d love to share some fun with you on the water and help progress your skills. Most clients that book our stand up paddle lessons are first-timers and need technique advice but some just want a tour of the harbor which we love to do as well. Lessons are 90 minutes and are private to ensure you are able to get just what you need out of your stand up paddle lesson. Whether it’s your first time on a board or you’re looking for ways to hone your technique, Santa Barbara Surf School’s got you covered. Our goal is for you to have fun so feel free to tell your instructor what you’d like to see or what you need to practice even if it’s just standing up and paddling. They will do everything they can to make sure you’re feeling confident and having a blast in Santa Barbara.
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Our most popular location for SUP lessons is in the Santa Barbara Harbor as it’s calmer than the open ocean. We leave from our stand on West Beach and guide you through the protected areas of the harbor. After which if you’re comfortable we’ll take you outside of the harbor in front of Stern’s Wharf and give Santa Barbara a chance to show off her beauty. It’s common to see fish, seals, sea lions, pelicans and sometimes dolphins.

Our stand up paddleboard lessons include the SUP board, paddle, waistband PFD, an optional wetsuit if needed (make sure to request a wetsuit when booking if you’d like one) and the instructor for 90 minutes of private instruction.

We look forward to helping you enjoy Santa Barbara on a stand-up paddleboard!

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“Everybody in this operation was top notch. Very responsive and stayed with my family longer than our allotted time to make sure we got the best experience – it even involved switching locations. I truly appreciate, Nate and the rest of the team.”
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