RAYC Marine Academy Term 4 Lessons begin Wednesday 12 October!

The Royal Akarana Yacht Club SUP Academy is conducted under strict safety regulations by certified PaddleFit Coaches, and special guests.

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Class Schedule

Open to students aged 12 and above.

Eight consecutive weeks of training on Wednesdays.

  • 4.30pm – Drop students at RAYC
  • 4.45pm – Lesson begins
  • 5.45pm – Lesson finishes
  • 6.00pm – Students ready to be picked up

Lessons begin Wednesday 12 October.

Course Content

SUP Basics – what is stand up paddling, SUP terminology, how and where to launch a board, getting on and off safely

Water Safety – tides, wind and weather, maritime safety, hazard identification, maritime charts and risk management

Beginner SUP Technique – paddling straight, 180° turns, stopping, falling off and getting on

Equipment Handling – setting up your gear, how to carry it, wash down and maintenance, board types and purpose (width and length)

Race Skills – different types of racing, rules, race briefings, course maps, race strategy, mark rounding, race starts

Advanced SUP Technique – Cross-bow turns, Pivot turns, moving around on your board, increasing paddle efficiency and speed

Paddle Fitness – fun drills to increase your fitness and speed on the water

What to Wear

For training most SUP athletes wear polyester or merino thermal layers with exercise leggings or boardshorts. Kids feel the cold a lot faster, so a wetsuit or spring suit or neoprene layer is ideal.

All students will be provided with a Starboard watershirt.

Please bring a towel and warm clothes (e.g. polar fleece)


No SUP experience required, but students must be able to swim a minimum distance of 25m unaided.

Kids with SUP experience who are Under 12yo will be considered on a case-by-case basis.