St. John with its beautiful beaches and warm, pristine water is the perfect place to learn to paddleboard. With a SUP you can get to those unspoiled, uncrowded places that cannot be reached by foot or car. A paddle from Cruz Bay to Francis or Maho takes about 1 to 2 hours for an advanced paddler.

How we teach Paddleboarding

Lucy who founded SUP-stjohn.com is an experienced paddler and ISA-certified SUP Instructor. She has taught hundreds of people how to paddle.

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She paddled from Tortola to Jost van Dyke and back and circumnavigated St. John on her 14′ carbon race board. She won many races, has participated in the SUP World championships and completed the world’s longest SUP Race (132 miles) three times in a row.

She says:
“I had been paddling for about half a year when I met Annabel Anderson, the world’s fastest female paddler. She showed me the right technique and I have been hooked on SUP ever since. I have passed on this technique to many beginners, who are having a great time and start to even beat me in races. I am sad when I see people helplessly drifting around, having the wrong paddle length, holding the paddle backwards and doing a stroke that is not efficient and bad for the body. I have taught the team here what  I learned from Annabel and we want to  make sure you have fun and are safe on the water!”

Is paddleboarding difficult to learn?

Not at all. SUP is so much easier than sports like tennis or skiing which can take weeks or months to learn. We have some super-wide, stable boards that are really easy for beginners. After a 2 hour lesson with us, 95% of all paddlers can safely paddle, stop and turn without falling off and are good to go and explore the St. John waters on there own, without helplessly drifting around or getting into trouble. While the entry is easy, there is no limit, experienced paddlers have paddled from UK to Netherlands, from Puerto Rico to the US, from Ibiza to Spain or Spain to Africa. The world’s longest SUP Race, the SUP11CITY Tour is 132 miles.

 

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Families are welcome at SUP-Stjohn.com

Paddleboarding is a great Sport for the whole Family! We have special kids boards for rent and love to give lessons to the smaller ones.

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Prices for Paddleboard Lessons on St. John

1-2 hours private lesson including board and carbon paddle rental:

  • 75 US$ (one person) 2 or more 65 US$ (per person)

half hour lesson and half hour paddling by yourself:

  • 50 US$ (per person)

Scheduling your Paddleboard Lesson:

We will choose the location that is best for your ability/preference and the weather. Please note it is currently not possible to give lessons inside the National Park. You can however rent the boards after the lesson and take them to explore the beautiful park beaches yourself.

Contact Us via info(at)sup-stjohn.com (Email).   +1 (340) 514 – 5527 (call/text) or +1 (340) 626 – 2859 (call/text) to schedule your lesson.  Phone reception is not always good on the island and we are often on the water, so text or email is usually the best way to reach us. We will get back to you within 24hours, usually faster. If not, your enquiry might have landed in the spam folder….

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