Stand up paddle boarding

Learn to SUP with the UK's first surf school to offer paddleboarding lessons. 

Format: Paddle board lessons will begin with a 15(ish) minute safety and technique lesson on the beach. Then its time to hit the water, practice technique, and then explore!

Age: In all SUP lessons, participants must be at least 11 years old, and able to confidently swim 50m.

Ratios: All of our private SUP lessons run with a maximum ratio of 6 pupils per instructor.

Locations: Our regular spot is inside of the iconic Burgh Island, and Challaborough Bay. When conditions are perfect we go all the way around the island.

Learn paddling technique and then enjoy a guided paddle board tour of this stunning part of South Devon.

You can also purchase a lesson as a gift voucher.

Private SUP lessons

As with the surf lessons, you will begin by learning the basics on the beach, then take to the water. All SUP lessons are private, so you can benefit from a more personalised experience.

1 or 2 people

1.5 hour 1 to 1 is £99. 2 to 1 is £110. Learn to Paddle Board with the UK’s first surf school to offer SUP lessons. AALA registered.

Families and groups

This price is for up to 4 pupils. £144 for 2 hours, or £128 for 1.5 hour, or £112 for 1hour.

Add £36pp (2 hours) or £32pp (1.5 hours) or £28 (1hour) for extra pupils. This lesson is private and discounted. Children aged 11+ and adults.

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Background

Stand up Paddle Surfing (SUP) or Paddle boarding is a traditional Hawaiian style of surfing where you are permanently standing on a large longboard and use a long paddle to move across the water and catch waves. The great thing is you only need a tiny wave to have lots of fun, or just exploring Bigbury/Burgh Island and Challaborough is great fun. 

Discovery Surf School was the first centre in the UK to offer SUP lessons (Martin and Annika enjoyed trying the sport while on Honeymoon in Kauai in 2006!)

We use Red Paddle paddleboards, Aztron, and Starboards.

SUP has exploded in popularity in the last couple of years - it is such fun and really accessible (anyone can do it!) Here at Discovery we have a huge range of kit, so if you're looking for a lesson or to hire we can cater for you.

We also have 2 XLSUPs - guaranteed to be the funnest thing you do all summer!  These boards can accommodate up to 8 people per board and are fun for cruising or catching small waves. They are super stable, versatile and great quality. From 2020, these will be available to hire out. 

If you are looking at buying your own paddleboard after your lesson with us we can give you loads of advice and Triocean in Kingsbridge sells a wide range of boards.

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