Learn to paddleboard on St. John

most of our lessons are private lessons for couples or families. Starting in 2015, we will also have fixed group lessons every Sunday and Monday at 9:30 AM. So if you are alone or a couple or would like to meet other paddlers, you can learn in a group. The lessons will still have a private lesson character since we do not take more than 5 students in one lesson.

These lessons are suited for beginners who have never paddled before but also for paddlers who have already been on the water and would like to improve their skills / technique.

Where will the group lessons take place?


Lessons will take place on a private, secluded beach with clear water in the Cruz Bay / Great Cruz Bay area, just a few minutes drive from town. The water is beautifully clear, you will see sea turtles, barracudas, rays and more. It is a safe, protected bay with no swimmers or snorklers in the way.

How will the paddleboard lesson look like?


It will be roughly 2 hours.

  • 30mins introduction on land, individual practicing of the stoke on a board on land
  • 60mins supervised paddling in the bay, the instructor will be there with you at all times
  • 30mins paddling by yourself, the instructor will watch you from land and take photos.

With the right technique and introduction, SUP is easy to learn. After this lesson, 95% of all paddlers can safely paddle alone without falling in and are good to go and explore the St. John beaches by themselves.


What is the price and what is included?

The price is 55$ per person and 40$ for locals. This includes board, paddle, leash, life vest, instruction, a bottle of water/gatorade and photos of your session. If you would like to keep the board for the rest of the day after the lesson (for example to take to National Park Beaches) you can do so for 30$.

How do I register?

Please send an email with subject “grouplesson: date: xxxxx” to info(at)sup-stjohn.com. The lessons will take place every Sunday and Monday at 9:30 AM, weather permitting and if there is a minimum of 2 participants. We will confirm your space via email and send you directions.

What to bring?

Boardshorts, Bikini, Lycra, sunscreen, towel, change of clothes

SUP St. John Paddleboard Group Lesson Schedule

  • Monday, Mar 30th, 9:30 AM: FREE SPACES
  • Sunday, April 5th, 9:30 AM: FREE SPACES
  • Monday, April 6th, 9:30 AM: FREE SPACES
  • Sunday, April 12th, 9:30 AM: FREE SPACES
  • Monday, April 13th, 9:30 AM: FREE SPACES