Our private and group lessons take students through everything you need to know to enjoy this great sport the first time you try it. Board, paddle and life jacket are included in the price of the lesson.
PRICING: Private and semi-private lesson: $30 per hour
Hourlong group lesson (three or more): $20 per person
*Sign up for your lesson by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (802) 881-4905.
CLASS SYNOPSIS: We'll start with a discussion of the features of the surfboard and paddle; go over wind and weather considerations, safety practices and U.S. Coast Guard regulations; learn the different Stand Up Paddle strokes on land before entering the water; feel the balance point of the board from a kneeling position on water then get a feel for the board from the standing position; discuss advanced strokes and board-handling skills in the Stand Up Paddle position.
** Students completing the introductory lesson get $10 off a half- or full-day board and paddle rental!
STEP-UP (SURF) CLINIC:
You have tons of experience paddling on lakes and flatwater. You're comfortable on your board and can paddle distances without a hint of falling. You're ready to take your paddleboarding to the next level and connect with the roots of the sport (and maybe a trip to the coast is in your future). OUR STEP-UP CLINIC IS FOR YOU!
Paddlesurf Champlain instructors will give you a head start for paddling the ocean and getting into the surf on your SUP, here on Lake Champlain. Learn how to spot waves and choose the right one to catch, techniques for paddling out into the waves, how to step back and pivot yourself into position to ride, where to be on your board when paddling into a wave, when and how to switch into your surf stance, and how to get yourself into the wave's sweet spot.
We'll use wind and boat waves on Lake Champlain if conditions permit, or learn it all on flatwater.
Cost is $30 for individuals and $20 for groups of three or more. Class time is one hour.
Staying in Vermont? We offer long-term rentals. (Delivery and pickup available in the Burlington area and the Champlain Islands.)
Our summer location, Oakledge Park and Beach
We'll head south out of Oakledge Park about 75 minutes before the Lake Champlain sun sets over the Adirondack Mountains, reaching the beaches of South Cove in time to watch the sky and water light up orange. The way back will offer westerly views as the sun disappears behind the mountains and we complete the journey back to Oakledge Park as the lake quiets down at dusk. Tour Time: 90 minutes
Take a cruise from the main beach at Oakledge Park to the South Cove area. This is a short cruise of less than a mile out and back. It offers a close-up look at the offshore lighthouse at Oakledge and a great view of the Burlington skyline. Tour time: 60 minutes
Head north out of Oakledge and parallel the Burlington Bike Path into the downtown area. See where the “Spirit of Ethan Allen” ferry docks, view the Patrick Leahy Echo science center from offshore and cruise past Burlington’s grassy Waterfront Park. Tour time: 60 minutes
We’ll paddle our way south out of Oakledge Park and skirt the rocky shoreline into Shelburne Bay. Around the corner lies Red Rocks Park, where interesting rock formations jut out over the water, and we can watch the cliff jumpers brave 40-foot drops into the lake! Tour time: 90 minutes.
Shelburne Point (advanced)
This tour takes paddlers Southwest out of Oakledge Park, paddling seemingly straight into the expansive Adirondack wilderness. Soon we are out into the broader lake, opening up views of the Green Mountains to the east. The destination is Shelburne Point, with its sunny, secluded beaches and towering rock formations. It’s a good place to refresh before heading back east to the Oakledge Park shore. Tour time: 2 hours.
What is Stand Up Paddleboarding?
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a blend of surfing and paddling that allows you to stand and glide over water on a uniquely designed stable surfboard.
The sport is fun, easy to learn and can provide a rewarding full-body workout or a rhythmic, peaceful tour.
Stand Up Paddling has its roots in surfing and in recent years has exploded in popularity on lakes and rivers across the country. Once you try it, and experience the ease of motion, the Aloha spirit and the feeling of standing and gliding over water, you'll see why people of all ages and abilities are getting hooked on the sport.
SUP in Vermont Community ... Aloha ... Fitness