Stand Up Paddleboarding is a traditional Hawaiian sport and is currently the worlds fastest growing water sport. It originated with the beach boys of Waikiki in the 60’s after which it died out before enjoying a resurgence recently. It involves standing on a large surf-like board and propelling oneself with a single blade paddle. It is easier to learn than surfing and so is suitable for all ages and abilities. It promotes balance, strength, core fitness and co-ordination. It provides an amazing full body workout and is becoming a favorite cross-training activity for all sorts of athletes. Unlike kayaking, you are standing at your full height, so you will enjoy excellent views of everything from the sea life below to the amazing Burren scenery surrounding Galway Bay. It’s almost like walking on water!
Bay SUP is run in association with Aloha Surf School who have been providing water sports instruction for 15 years. They run their paddle boarding lessons, tours and rentals from the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan in North West Clare, Ireland This corner of Galway Bay is situated in the heart of The Burren and is one of the most scenic locations of the Wild Atlantic Way.
We use the highest quality paddleboarding equipment. Our boards from Red Paddle Co are the some of the best inflatable stand up paddle boards available https://redpaddleco.com/en-gb/red-who/choose-red-paddle-co/
All of the Bay SUP instructors are fully qualified ASI SUP Coaches. Beach Lifeguards, Garda vetted and have received training and certification in Child Protection.
Group Introductory Lesson: €80 (Up to 2 adults) or (Up to 3 kids) / Additional people €40 per adult or €30 per child
All equipment is supplied for the lessons. Paddleboard, paddle, wetsuit, and buoyancy aid, so all you need is swim gear, towel, enthusiasm and a sense of adventure.
This is an introductory lesson into the world of SUP. This is done in flat water conditions in and around the bay of Ballyvaughan. During your lesson, we will take you in and around the incredible coastline of the Burren, where you’ll get to see the sea life underneath you, cruise along side the seals basking on the rocks, and really get a completely unique tour of this incredible part of the world. On this course you will learn the following SUP techniques:
- Weather/tide assessment
- Board and Paddle
- How to carry your board
- How to enter the water
- Prone and knee paddling techniques
- How to stand
- Paddling and proper posture
After you have completed this course, you can move onto one of our other courses.
Group Guided Coastal Cruise:
SUP is the ideal way to explore our coast line. As it offers a much higher vantage point then if you were sitting in a kayak, you really get a unique view of the ocean and landscape around you. On our coastal cruises we will take you in and around the incredible coastline of the Burren, where you’ll get to see the sea life underneath you, cruise along side the seals basking on the rocks, and really get a completely unique tour of this incredible part of the world.
These tours vary according to weather/sea conditions, and the preferences of the group.