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Stand Up Paddle Boarding

SUP Boarding is the fastest growing water sport in the world due to its accessibility, versatility – and is fun and is a relaxing way to explore Salt Spring Island's many calm ocean waters.

As a relatively new watersport, SUP boarding has its beginnings in Hawaii, as a way for 1960's surf instructors to help teach their students. Stand up paddle boards look a lot like standard surfboards, but are built longer and wider to allow the paddler to stand easily and paddle with a canoe-like paddle. Paddlers are connected to the board by an ankle leash. The fun-factor of surfing combined with canoeing's ease of use gives the stand up paddle board a wider appeal.

Meet at the Salt Spring Adventure Co. Ltd. office at the Salt Spring Marina, #7 - 126 Upper Ganges Road. We will launch from the beach in front of the Salt Spring Marina.

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PLEASE NOTE: schedules are subject to change based on weather.

Ganges Harbour Paddle Board Basics Tour

Our Ganges Harbour Paddle Board Tours are great for beginners, as Ganges Harbour is a calm and protected place to learn and practice balance and paddling skills. Come enjoy this fun adventure as you paddle your way around our beautiful harbour, learning the basics you need to know to stand up and paddle with confidence.

Departing from the shoreline at Ganges Marina, Wednesdays 2-4pm starting June 5th.
Groups may request alternative dates.

You will learn:
  • How to safely carry the board
  • Weather and paddling conditions
  • Care/use of board/equipment
  • Board design and outfitting
  • Choosing, sizing and holding a paddle
  • Mounting the board at a beach
  • Paddling in a straight line while kneeling and standing
  • Turning, braking and sweep stokes
  • Remounting the board in the water
  • SUP heritage and resources

Must be a confident swimmer.
Custom classes and dates for groups (6+) available upon request. Please phone us for details and booking.

Adult $65
Child (7-11) $55
Senior (65+) $55

Includes board, paddle and personal floatation device (PFD) rental.

Phone 1.877.537.2764 to Book

Paddle Canada's Basics SUP Board Course introduces the novice to paddling in enclosed, sheltered waters and calm conditions, and includes Certification through Paddle Canada.

Paddle Canada SUP Board Basics

You will learn about...
  • Gear choice and care
  • Safety equipment
  • Carrying boards
  • Choosing a paddle
  • Weather/paddling conditions
  • Injury prevention
  • Mounting, dismounting
  • Falling off safely
  • Prone paddling
  • Kneeling paddling
  • Standing up and paddling
  • Forward and turning strokes
  • Reverse strokes and braking

Must be a confident swimmer.
Custom classes and dates for groups (6+) available upon request. Please phone us for details and booking.

Adult $80

Includes board, paddle and personal floatation device (PFD) rental.

Phone 1.877.537.2764 to Book

Paddle Board Yoga

Once you have taken the basics tour or demonstrated equivalent skills, join us for a floating yoga class on Salt Spring Island's warmest lake, St. Mary's Lake. Class is suitable for the beginner or experienced yogi.

Must be a confident swimmer.
Custom classes and dates for groups (6+) available upon request. Please phone us for details and booking.

Adult $40

Includes board, paddle and personal floatation device (PFD) rental; discount when you bring your own board.

Phone 1.877.537.2764 to Book

SUP Board Rentals

Our SUP Boards can be rented on an hourly and/or daily basis all summer long and include a paddle and personal floatation device (PFD).
Must be a confident swimmer.

2hrs $40
4hrs $50
Full Day (24hrs) $60
Second Day $50
Additional Days $45/day

DAMAGE DEPOSIT:
A valid credit card is required for a damage deposit hold. We pre-authorize/hold $100 for paddle board rented. Damage fees equal to 1 or 2 day of rental fee plus any equipment needing to be purchased/replaced.

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We recommend you take your rented kayak, canoe, boat or paddle board out in our beautiful Ganges Harbour. We give you route information and there is lots of wildlife to view, as well as some amazing beaches to spend some time.

We do need our clients to carry the gear down 4 stairs onto our beach for the rental, and return it in the same manor. Our traditional ocean kayaks launch off of our kayak dock.

If you want to take your rented equipment elsewhere, PLEASE BE AWARE our shoreline has quite a lot of elevation to the road. You will need to lift and carry your equipment up 3 flights of stairs and strap it down to your car. We can supply foam blocks and straps, but we cannot help you carry your kayak, canoe, boat or paddle board.

We do reserve the right to tell clients that their vehicle is not suitable for transporting the rental equipment, due to our concern of damage to our gear. Any damage to the rental equipment created by the transportation or during the rental is the clients' financial responsibility to pay for it.

If you are renting our kayaks for a multiday and need to pack your boats, we have a great rental beach for this purpose, which is off our dock, and gives you the time and space you need to pack in peace. This requires you to move your gear down our 3 flights of stairs. We cannot have gear being loaded/unloaded from our dock.

If you have questions about this, please let us know!

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