walk on water

why SUP

Everybody knows what stand up paddleboarding is, but how did it start?

It’s hard to know when modern stand up paddling really began but it seems, that in some form or another, it’s been around for thousands of years.

Ancient cultures from Africa to South America used boards, canoes, and other watercraft propelled with a long stick to fish, travel, make war, and even ride waves.

Fast forward to the 1960s in Hawaii, paddling started to evolve into what we now know today, commonly referred to as SUP.

Here in Perth, we are spoilt for choice when it comes to going out for a paddle, with river, ocean and lake locations on our doorstep.

It is rapidly growing in popularity and often a replacement option for canoes and kayaks as SUPs are lighter, easier to handle (both on and off the water) and unlike other water sports, stand up paddling is so easy to learn, it’s an excellent core workout and ANYONE can do it (with expert guidance, of course)!

SUP is not just about getting on a board and paddling

It represents so much more.

As adults, we think we know everything, but we have so much to learn about ourselves and others.

Stepping outside comfort zones (as cliche as that sounds), it’s where the magic happens.

The physicality, the vibe, being in nature, balance…it’s all so powerful.

Learning something new, stimulating the brain, just having fun and moving our bodies.

We are walking on water!

Falling, being silly, laughing, being playful, stripping back the walls that surround us…..

This is why I love to paddle.

And….it doesn’t have to be all ‘woo woo’!

It can just be moving your body in a different way.

Many of you would attend a gym, Pilates studio, or yoga studio. SUP is all of that wrapped into one!

It’s low-impact, gentle on the body but still an excellent cardio and strength building activity. Moving on a board is rhythmical and has a fluidity about it that just soothes the soul.

We all need a little balance in our lives, and paddling develops that for sure!

Whether you want to try something new, increase your fitness levels, be outside in nature, embrace your inner child, or just tick something off the bucket list…be brave and have some fun!

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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