Stand Up Paddleboarding

Come and learn stand up paddleboarding with Dublin’s premier SUP school

We’ve got the right session for everyone from complete beginners to advanced paddlers. A flat water beginners class in the Grand Canal Dock, an open water session in Dublin Bay, a SUP surf experience on Dollymount Strand and SUP trips around Dublin Bay or on the beautiful canals in and around Dublin city.

All our sessions can be booked individually (depending on paddler ability) and we offer a discounted rate for those that book a course of 3 sessions.

Have a look for more information on the classes below and check here for upcoming classes. Click here to buy a gift voucher for a paddleboarding session.

NEW FOR 2018

The structure of our SUP Course is new for 2018. The course consists of three sessions – a flat water beginners lesson in the gentle waters of the Grand Canal Dock, a session in more exposed waters around Dublin bay all finishing up with a SUP trip in Dublin bay or along the canals of the city.

3 Session Stand Up Paddleboarding Course – €135

  • Flat water beginners lesson
  • Open water session
  • SUP trip

This three part course is the ideal way to progress from complete beginner to experienced paddler with the guidance of our instructors.

To book the course, please call us on 01-6683945.

Smallprint: The sessions for the course do not have to be taken on consecutive dates, but all dates have to be booked when first booking the course. Our 7 day cancellation policy applies to all sessions. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, all sessions have to be done within one season. Courses cannot be spread over more than one season. Our SUP season runs from April to October.

Flat water lesson (Beginners session, Grand Canal Dock) – €45

This 2 hour class is the perfect introduction to paddleboarding for anyone who has no experience or has not done a lesson before. During this flat water you will take to the tranquil waters of the Grand Canal Dock to learn the following techniques in a unique urban setting:

  • Handling your stand up paddleboard correctly
  • Entering the water safely
  • Standing up on your board from kneeling
  • Keeping your balance on the board (kneeling/standing)
  • Basic paddle techniques including back paddling
  • Basic turns
  • Step back pivot turn
  • Side stroke turn
  • Dismounting from the board

After successfully passing the flat water introduction class, you will receive the BSUPA Ready to Ride Level 1 certificate which will allow you to rent our SUP equipment.

We provide all equipment including wetsuit and buoyancy aid. We have changing room and shower facilities as well as lockers for valuables.

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Open Water Session (Progression Session, Dublin Bay – flat water class or other SUP experience required) – €45

With an introduction to stand up paddleboarding class under your belt you are ready to take to more open water ways under the guidance of one of our experienced instructors. During this open water class we will expand on and improve the techniques learnt in our flat water introduction class and share the knowledge needed for safe coastal paddling.

Techniques looked at will include:

  • Identifying safe entry and exit points
  • Weather forecasting and planning your paddling the tides – how they work and anticipating how they effect your paddling
  • Paddle techniques for exposed locations
  • Board control in choppy waters

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SUP Surf Experience (Advanced Session, Dollymount Beach – flat water class or other SUP experience required) – €65

This is a SUP class like no other – launching from the golden beaches of Dollymount Strand we paddle out on flat water to catch the mellow waves created by the bow wake of the passenger ferries entering Dublin Port. Don’t worry – we don’t go anywhere near the boats themselves but the gentle swell they create bends and hits the outer sandbars of the bay breaking slowly towards the shore. This is an amazing trip in itself with the bonus being that you could catch the longest wave of your life.

We will introduce you to the basics of paddling for and catching a wave on a stand up paddleboard.

Previous SUP experience is a requirement, you need feel confident paddling in choppy waters/swell/wind.

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SUP Trips (flat water lesson or other SUP experience required) – €65

Explore Dublin by water. We arrange trips along Dublin’s historic canals and along the stunning coastline of Dublin Bay. Trips usually take 3 hours and run at weekends as well as on midweek evenings in the summer.

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PLEASE NOTE Do not book a SUP trip, SUP Open Water session or the SUP surf lesson experience unless you have previous SUP experience. As we won’t be teaching the basics of paddling at the start of these sessions they are not suitable for complete beginners. Book the flat water lesson for your first time paddling and you will maximise your progression and fun within the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding.

 

SUP Paddle in the Dock / Rental

Once you have completed the flat water lesson you can rent a board for use in the Grand Canal Dock for €12/hour or take a board away for €55/day (you need your own transport/roof rack etc for this one). You can also get a a 5 paddle pass for €50 for rentals in the Grand Canal Dock which would be a great way to get more confident with your paddling after you’ve taken the flat water lesson.

Booking is essential for all courses/rentals, please call 01-6683945 or email shop@surfdock.ie.