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Paddle Board Lessons

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons,

Tours, & Outings

SUP lesson & tour:

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons,

Tours, & Outings

SUP lesson & tour:

Learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding, then apply your new skills out on the water with the help & support of your instructor & guide. A short, but thorough, lesson & safety session on land is followed by an guided tour on the boards out on the beautiful Lowcountry waterways.  2 hrs total time. Your session costs include all equipment needed (board, paddle and PFD), full lesson & instructions, professional guide, then an exciting fun-filled adventure out on the river!

 

Remember: Tipping your guide / instructor Greatly reduces your chances of shark or alligator attacks!  (Just kidding!)

 

 

Scheduling Your Paddling Adventure:

 

Our schedule is affected not only by how busy we are, but also by the Tides and Weather.  Simply send us an Email or Text message and let us know:

 

1.) How many people are in your party

2.) Your preferred day(s) & time(s) that you'd like to go out.

3.) Let us know  if your group is interested in any of our specialty tours or outings, such as  Sunset Paddles, Moonlight Paddles, Sunrise Paddles, Private Lessons, or SUP Yoga / Fitness.

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Where & When

The Best Times for Tours

Details about Your Paddle Outing:

When: We offer tours virtually all day, everyday, but there are definitely better times and not as good times.  In general, the earlier in the day, or very late afternoon/early evenings are typically much nicer paddling conditions than mid-day.   During our season, we often schedule tours at 8 am, 10 am, & 12 noon, plus a Sunset Tour which will be anywhere from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm start time, depending on time of year.   During the hottest, most humid, and busiest times of year we try to Avoid tours during the mid-afternoons, as not only will get uncomfortably hot & humid, but it will also get very Crowded out on the river with boats and other watercraft, especially on the weekends and holidays.  It's best to avoid those times if possible.    You Must contact us and schedule your session ahead of time, to make sure that we have space & equipment for your and your group.

 

Winds: Stand Up Paddle Boarding is very condition sport, meaning in very calm waters & winds, it's very easy and relaxing... almost meditative and therapeutic.  But, strong winds, lots of waves, and strong currents, can all make SUP potentially much more challenging.  If winds are too strong at the scheduled time of your tour, we may have reschedule for a day with milder winds.  Windy conditions ( and strong currents), can also affect small kids much more than adults, and may make it impossible for smaller kids to paddle on their own.  They may have to go tandem with a parent, or we may have to reschedule.

 

On a positive note about winds, if you and or your group is willing to paddle up into a strong wind, then we can turn around mid-way and do a " down-winder " back home.  The wind pushes you back and makes for a very fun, exciting, and easy return trip!

 

Kids & Age Restrictions: In general, roughly 12 to 13 years old is the cut-off age for kids to be able to paddle a board by themselves on one of our normal mixed group tours. But, it is very individualistic!  And condition dependent also!   We've had a few 11 year olds that have done great, and we've also had 14 year olds that just couldn't do it on their own.   Windy days will make it considerably more challenging for small kids.

 

If you have small kids who really want to try paddling themselves, we highly recommend scheduling a Private Family outing, as opposed to joining in with one of our regularly scheduled mixed group tours.  That way, your family can go along at it's own pace and shorter distances than our normal tours go.   We can spend as much time helping the smaller kids learn to paddle themselves, and/or just playing around on the boards or sandbars after they get tired!

 

 

We schedule all of our outings for 2 hours, which includes 15 to 20 mins of instructions on land, the guided tour on the water, and then usually getting back to the destination around 15 minutes before the 2 hours are up.  So typically we are actually out on the water for approximately 1.5 hours plus or minus depending on the group and the environmental conditions.

 

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Where We Paddle

Details about Your Paddle Outing:

Where:  We typically run most of our lessons & tours from the public park & landing at the end of Wharf Street, in old town Bluffton.  This is a beautiful location, with amenities, parking and miles of great paddling routes!  The address is 75 Wharf Street, Bluffton, SC and it's right beside the Bluffton Oyster Company.

 

We also paddle fairly frequently from Trask Landing on Colleton River, Colleton River Plantation, Berkeley Hall, Rose Hill Plantation, Moss Creek Plantation, Buckingham Landing or Pinkney Island Landing at the foot of the bridges to Hilton Head Island, or the 2 public boat landings on Broad Creek in Hilton Head Island: Marshland Road Landing and Cross Island Boat Landing. And from the Port Royal Sound Foundation and Maritime Center on the Chechessee River. You must contact us beforehand to set up a special outing from one of these locations.

 

We occasionally do group paddle outings from various other locations all around the Lowcountry area, including Hilton Head Island, Beaufort, Bluffton and Savannah areas.  We paddle the New River in Hardeeville, the Savannah River, the Combahee River, and the amazing Ebenezer Creek near Rincon, GA ( this place is Awesome!). We can arrange to do a special paddle session for your group at any of these or other locations, just send us a message.

 

What to Bring:  You should bring Sunblock; Footwear that is ok to get wet or muddy; athletic clothing or preferably bathing suits; Towels for afterwards (just in case you get wet); and possibly bug spray (just in case, though not usually needed).  You might want to bring along some water or other hydration to suck down right before and immediately after the outing, but sometimes it's not that easy to keep and use a water bottle on the board while we're out on the river.

 

Tides:   We have a very large tidal differential here in the Lowcountry of about 7 feet every 6 hours.   This makes for a very significant difference in the landscape of the river and marshes between dead high tide and dead low tide.   It also makes for a very strong tidal current which changes every 6 hours.   For the majority of our tours, we go against that current for the first half of the trip and then ride that current back on the second half of the trip.

 

High Tides and Low Tides both have their advantages for paddling out on the river.  At high tide, there is much more volume of water, so you have more places where you can paddle, such as through the marsh, up in the small estuary creeks, and underneath the the majestic limbs of the  local live oak trees  with the beautiful Spanish moss hanging down off of them!  This is a beautiful and scenic experience.

 

Low tides have a much more limited locations where you can paddle, BUT then you can easily access the beautiful sand bars that found all along the river channel.   Your tour can make stops along the way and frolic along the soft sandy "beaches", or make one long mid-way stop and spend time swimming, looking for wildlife, and maybe attempting some yoga, strength or gymnastic poses on the paddleboards!

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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

About our Paddle Board Lessons & Tours

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Sunset Tours & Moonlight Paddles

Sunset Paddles

Paddle your Board into the Setting Sun!

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons,

Tours, & Outings

Scheduling Your Paddling Adventure:

 

Our schedule is affected not only by how busy we are, but also by the Tides and Weather.  Simply send us an Email or Text message and let us know:

 

1.) How many people are in your party

2.) Your preferred day(s) & time(s) that you'd like to go out.

3.) Let us know  if your group is interested in any of our specialty tours or outings, such as  Sunset Paddles, Moonlight Paddles, Sunrise Paddles, Private Lessons, or SUP Yoga / Fitness.

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Moonlight Tours / Night Paddles

Paddle your Board at Night!

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons,

Tours, & Outings

Scheduling Your Paddling Adventure:

 

Our schedule is affected not only by how busy we are, but also by the Tides and Weather.  Simply send us an Email or Text message and let us know:

 

1.) How many people are in your party

2.) Your preferred day(s) & time(s) that you'd like to go out.

3.) Let us know  if your group is interested in any of our specialty tours or outings, such as  Sunset Paddles, Moonlight Paddles, Sunrise Paddles, Private Lessons, or SUP Yoga / Fitness.

SUP lesson & tour:

Private Lessons

Family Outings with Kids

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons,

Tours, & Outings

Scheduling Your Paddling Adventure:

 

Our schedule is affected not only by how busy we are, but also by the Tides and Weather.  Simply send us an Email or Text message and let us know:

 

1.) How many people are in your party

2.) Your preferred day(s) & time(s) that you'd like to go out.

3.) Let us know  if your group is interested in any of our specialty tours or outings, such as  Sunset Paddles, Moonlight Paddles, Sunrise Paddles, Private Lessons, or SUP Yoga / Fitness.

SUP lesson & tour:

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons,

Tours, & Outings

Scheduling Your Paddling Adventure:

 

Our schedule is affected not only by how busy we are, but also by the Tides and Weather.  Simply send us an Email or Text message and let us know:

 

1.) How many people are in your party

2.) Your preferred day(s) & time(s) that you'd like to go out.

3.) Let us know  if your group is interested in any of our specialty tours or outings, such as  Sunset Paddles, Moonlight Paddles, Sunrise Paddles, Private Lessons, or SUP Yoga / Fitness.

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