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Specialists in Kayak and Stand-up Paddle Board Instruction

Learn skills and technique to make paddling safe, easy and efficient,
and prevent potential injury

Downunder instructors have been trained by leading authorities in Paddle Sports including the ACA – American Canoe Association, ASI – Academy of Surfing & SUP Instructors, WPA – World Paddling Association and PaddleFit.  All of our staff members are trained by our instructors in skills, group management, and safety.  They are first aid and CPR certified.

Downunder offers a range of group kayak lessons and stand-up paddle board lessons for adults and children. We also offer private instruction– either on-site or off-site, and guides to show you or a group around the local area.






Private Lesson: $100, 30% discount off additional hours
Semi-private lessons: $85 each for 2 people, $70 each for 3 people, $55 each for 4 or more.  $5 additional for children under 16 years.  Equipment included

(20% discount for bringing own equipment, unless otherwise noted)

 

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PADDLE BOARD LESSONS

SUP Beginner 1hr: $55 includes SUP rental

Learn the fundamentals of SUP boarding in a safe flat-water environment.  This class follows the outline of the Kayaking Quickstart class, with extra emphasis on balance and coordination.  We begin with skills on the dock, and take things gradually – leaving the dock in a kneeling position until clear of the boat channel, practising skills on our knees before standing, and then once standing incorporating the skills into a paddle.  Once mobile we focus on turning, paddling straight, and form.  We carry a wide variety of boards that are stable and very forgiving, and that accommodate up to 300+ lbs – do be sure to let us know if you the paddler is over 250lbs so we have the right equipment ready for them.



SUP Intermediate 1 hr: $60 includes SUP rental

Most people only remember 25% in their first class, so we recommend you return for a refresher that allows us to review and polish your skills, adding on advanced techniques as you grasp the elements.  We'll review your stance, hand positioning, form, and strokes  Advanced skills includes cross bow draw, pivot turns, draw stroke, towing, rescues.

SUP Skills & Technique Clinic: Group $60 includes SUP rental, Private $100

Join the owner, Kim Beaumont, for a review of where you're at and things to work on.  She'll video tape you paddling, go over it with you, and provide guidance on how to improve.    

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SUP Lessons for Kids!

Kids LOVE to SUP, and they're actually really good at it… once they master the skills and equipment.  There is a learning curve for everyone, but kids have an additional challenge –  the boards are usually larger than ideal for their size, making them harder to maneuver.
Kids under 9 are not allowed out paddling on our SUPs without experience, and without an experienced adult. They can join us for a class, a private, or a summer program to get the experience necessary to ensure their paddling experience is safe.
 

  • Friday SUP Lesson KIDS 4pm- 5pm starts May 16th
  • Sunday SUP Lesson KIDS 11:30am – 12:30pm May 18th

All kids SUP progams require a minimum of 3 participants to run.  Private programs for four or more can be arranged at a time that suits you.  Lessons are $60 – we have a higher ratio of instructor to participant to ensure their safety.    

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KAYAK LESSONS

Quickstart Lesson: Private $100, Semi-Private per person $85(2), $70(3), $55(4 or more)

Classes start at 1 hour, 5 people or more 2 hours +
Sit-on-top kayaks are also referred to as ocean kayaks.  They are far easier and safer than cockpit-style/sit-inside sea kayaks.  This class is for beginners and focused on the recreational kayaker who wants to learn the skills to make their paddling experience optimal – efficient and injury free! We have two sizes for our single kayaks, a 9'6 nomad (ideally 200 capacity) and a 11'2 juntos (350 lb capacity).

What you'll learn about:

  • Equipment:  boat/board, paddle, lifejacket
  • Safety:  Local area, weather, tides
  • Paddle Plan:  based on the conditions, destination
  • Posture and stretching
  • Strokes:  forward, backwards, turns, rudder, sideways
  • Bearing:  paddling straight towards an object, stroke refinement
  • Paddling in Wind & Current:  adjustments you can make to your stroke to accommodate
  • Rescues and Capsizes:  how to assist someone that needs help – boat swapping, towing.  What to do if you capsize, how to self rescue and how to perform an assisted rescue.  Demonstrated by instructor – participation is optional.

 

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