ASI (Academy of Surfing Instructors) certified SUP instructor school.
Learn the basics of Stand-up Paddleboarding (SUP) or advance your skills with one of our lessons.
PSC Members with Current Dues: $55
PSC Members: $75
5 pack of lessons: $250
CALL (805) 617-3425 to make a reservation
ASI SUP Level I Flat Water
Intro to Stand-up paddle boarding.
Min Age: 12 yrs old
✓ Understand the enclosed flat water environment
✓ Identify SUP Hazards
✓ Choose a low risk SUP Location
✓ Enter & Exit the water correctly
✓ Paddle in standing position with balance and confidence
✓ Paddle in kneeling position with balance and confidence
✓ Demonstrate correct method to change direction
✓ Demonstrate correct paddling technique
✓ Demonstrate safe wipe-out and dismount
✓ Demonstrate correct SUP etiquette
✓ Choose suitable board and equipment
✓ Identify self rescue techniques and when to apply them
✓ Identify how to care for the SUP environment
✓ Learn about local history and wildlife
✓ Back Paddling
✓ Step back pivot turn
✓ Side Stroke turn
ASI SUP Level II Open Water
Intro to surf zones and open ocean paddling
Min Age: 16 yrs old
ASI SUP Level III Surfing
Min Age: 18 yrs old
ASI SUP Level III Downwinder
Distance and Downwinders
Min Age: 18 yrs old
History Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
Back in the 1960's, the roots of paddle boarding was first introduced by some of the the Waikiki Beach Boys: Duke Kahanamoku, Rabbit Kekai, & a few others. They would use long boards and paddles to get out to the surf, quickly. This evolved into instructors taking photo's of their clients out on the water. Who doesn't like seeing their own personal evolution? These instructors found the easiest way to teach through photography was on a stable large long board using a long outrigger canoe paddle. The evolution of surfboard technology through the 70's pushed away the first paddle boarders from this culture.
Modern SUP was born in the late 90's. Laird Hamilton is known as reintroducing the sport back into the mainstream when he began to actively turn the old teaching methods into training when the surf was low. A certain idea appeared. Why can't we as watermen enjoy the ocean through other means? Why don't we catch more waves on the stoke that our surfing ancestor created? We all have a duty to bring positive energy into the ocean. The sport of Stand-Up Paddle Boarding has grown into a community of likeminded individuals, focused on fun times, health, and ocean stewardship.