Let your dreams become your reality

the story

I remember writing ‘let your dreams become your reality” in the sand on a beach on the Isle of Mull (an island in the Inner Hebrides in Scotland) when I was 19 years old.

I didn’t understand the power of positive thinking or the fact that I was capable of reaching the big dreams back then...I just thought it was a cool saying.

The road to where I’m at right now has been very long and winding, and I try to incorporate what I’ve learnt along the way into my SUP Lessons.

I try to relate to people, understand where they are coming from.

Everyone has a story.

Here’s mine.

When I grew up, I wanted to be a ballerina (like a thousand other girls my age).

After an injury, I travelled and came back to Perth to continue my studies in Education.

I literally fell into stand up paddling (yep, there was lots of falling in the beginning) way back in 2010 when I first jumped on a board.

Like dancing, it’s all about rhythm and balance.

I was immediately hooked.

I started training and I found a fabulous community of people in the SUP world.

I was teaching a brilliant dance program, EDU-Dance in Primary schools in Perth WA at the time and I found paddling was a great form of low-impact cross-training.

Discovering SUP was a competitive sport sparked my fierce nature and I wanted to learn more about paddling faster and more efficiently.

I excel at teaching and one thing led to another and in 2016 I was asked to join the team at Stand Up Surf Shop to take over the lessons for their SUP School.

It was the quickest decision of my life….and here I am!

Want to join me on the water?

What our customers say

Perth Stand Up Paddle School
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Amy Carmichael
Amy Carmichael
11:30 29 Nov 21
We had a fantastic time with Nicki learning how to paddleboard for the first time. She was very professional and... attentive and we learnt even more than we bargained for 😄! Will definitely come back for another one of her classes.read more
Gillian A
Gillian A
00:52 22 Nov 21
Can't recommend Perth StandUp Paddle School highly enough. Nicki is an amazing instructor and her enthusiasm for... paddle-boarding is contagious! The sessions are always fun and friendly. If you've ever considered lessons, or own a board and want to improve your technique, do yourself a favour and give her a call 🙂read more
Dan Smith
Dan Smith
12:03 06 Oct 21
Nicki at Perth SUP School is an absolute fantastic teacher. She took someone who had absolutely no balance, and I was... up and paddling in the first lesson. What a legend. 10/10 would recommend highly.read more
Le-anne Hoek
Le-anne Hoek
23:55 24 Sep 21
Nikki was absolutely awesome, friendly and made it lots of fun. Haven't had so much fun in ages definitely recommend.... Nikki your a legend!read more
Shannon Miraglia
Shannon Miraglia
01:25 27 May 21
I wish I’d done this sooner .. just so so good .. if you are even thinking about it a little, just jump in & book ..... I’m now onto my second round of fitness classes .. so convenient as the SUPs are bought there for you & everyone is super friendly & welcoming .. highly recommendedread more
Jennifer Quartermaine
Jennifer Quartermaine
09:14 27 Apr 21
I highly recommend Nicky and her SUP school! I had my first professional lesson last week, and her training progressed... seamlessly from basic to more advanced skills. Nicky had me managing my board like never before. Give it a go, you wont regret it!read more
Matthew Davies
Matthew Davies
06:03 23 Apr 21
Fantastic beginners lesson! Can't recommend highly enough. Nicki was a brilliant instructor giving clear guidance & the... session was great fun tooread more
07:27 31 Mar 21
My wife and I had a 90 minute private lesson with Nicki which was fantastic. We were both complete beginners but Nicki... had us up and having fun in the water within 10 minutes. She gradually introduced new challenges and skills throughout the 90 minutes which has given us loads to work on when we next hit the water.Nicki was very clear in her instruction and tailored the session to suit both of us. Fantastic friendly service and I feel well worth the extra money to do a private lesson to get the most out of the time.Thanks againChris and Lauraread more
Cas M
Cas M
01:57 22 Mar 21
The most fun I've had on the water! Nicki is a brilliant instructor and creates a very positive and supportive... environment to learn in. I think I have found my new weekend hobby 🙂read more
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