Paddleboarding is a great sport for the whole family.
Men love the fun and action from surfing and downwinders, Women love how Paddleboarding changes their bodies Women who SUP regularly (three times a week) build amazing core strength, arm muscles and overall body alignment. It is also a great sport to get back in shape after having children.
Kids love to SUP to, they are natural talents and will figure out how to paddle much faster than you! You can kids from 2.5/3 years onwards on your board (with PFD) and kids from the age of 5 or 6 can learn to paddle by themselves. Here at SUP St. John we have special boards for kids for rent and are happy to give SUP lessons for families. We also have life vests especially for children.
If you are looking to rent a SUP for the whole family, check out our “Big Blue” (we also have one in red, pictured in the photo at the very top). It is 12′ long, 34″ wide, you can fit one kid in the front and one in the back while you paddle it yourself or you can have 3 or 4 kids paddling it.
A good place to go paddling with your kids is Maho Beach, it is calm and protected from the wind. If they stay within the swimming line and paddle along the shore, they should always be safe.
Also, you are very likely to see sea turtles there while paddling, there are always 2 or 3 swimming around. It is a truly amazing experience when you paddle and then a sea turtle pops up right in front of you, looks at you and then dashes down again. Truly amazing!