SUP Lessons for Paddlers Who Want More!

Paddle Method is a learning methodology refined over years of stand up paddle board (SUP) instruction and informed by working with a wide range of abilities, ages and paddling environments. Our Method is to provide a little structure so a complex body movement is easy and fun to learn and that all abilities can get on the water and get paddling at a comfortable go at your own pace!


Level 2 – Core Engagement

Prerequisite: Level 1

Lesson 2 Paddle

Ever get caught out when the wind picks up? Or, maybe you are an avid paddler but still can’t seem to work up a sweat or get that “great core workout”? Or, maybe, you just wish you could paddle faster and straighter. If that sounds familiar than the Paddle Method Core Lessons are designed for you!

In Lesson 2 you will continue to move the power through your body down into your mid-section, hips and legs. This lesson is great for anyone who wants to work on honing their technique and build speed for stability and board control.
Learn tips on how to paddle when the wind pickups and how to get a great full body, low impact workout.

Your instruction will cover:

  • Move the power from your arms to your core
  • Rules of the road and marina etiquette
  • Fast and straight to be stable and in control.
  • Advanced turns – use your hips!
  • Alternate strokes for different conditions

Level 3 – Power Paddling

Prerequisite: Level 2

Lesson 3 Paddle

Bring it all together! Use your whole body to paddle and synchronize your stroke with the wind and wave energy on the water – this is what stand up paddling is all about and why we love it!

You will learn:

  • Pivot turns and board trimming
  • Walking on your board (great way to prepare for the Ocean!)
  • Connect your stroke the energy within the water
  • Upwind paddle techniques
  • Tempo drills
  • More self-rescue techniques

Malibu Coast – Paddle Tour

Previous paddle experience is recommended. Contact us with questions to see if this paddle is right for you

Lesson 3 Paddle

This is what stand up paddle boarding is all about! You’ve taken your beginner SUP lessons in a marina, put in some hours on a sunset cruise or Paddle Method POWER PADDLE and now you are ready to get out on the ocean or bay and into some waves and see the world from a SUP point of view. You have earned it! This is what it’s all about and why we live to SUP.

Keep an eye out for dolphins, they like to come say hello if they aren’t feeling shy. Paddle through kelp forests and check out the dramatic cliffs of the Malibu coast!

You can schedule a private SUP lesson just for yourself or with a small group of friends or family members. It’s great fun to take a lesson with your kids, friends or with your significant other!

$145 for 1
$95 ea. for 2 paddlers
$85 ea. for 3-4 paddlers

This 2 hour tour includes top quality gear for all paddlers ages 16 and up

Perfect for intermediate paddlers that want to explore!

Ocean Lesson 1 – Beach Launch and Wave intro

Prerequisite: Level 2 Comprehensive or comparable is recommended


Ocean Lesson – Beach launching and wave intro

The Santa Monica Bay is aour playground and the best way to experience it is on your SUP! For those who seek sun, adventure and serenity the ocean is the place to be. There are many places to go and explore in Santa Monica Bay and we will start with a little corner of it where the waves are small (usually) and you can learn the fundamentals of paddling on the ocean!

You will learn:

  • Launch location selection
  • Conditions reporting
  • Wave timing
  • Self-rescue

Each class will have up to 6 paddlers and include on beach instruction and water time for participants. This class is open to paddlers 14 years of age and above and who have completed Paddle Method flat-water level 1 and 2 or the Sea Lion tour or has approval from a Paddle Method instructor.

Allow up to 75 minutes for the lesson and may be postponed due to weather conditions at anytime.

$75 per paddler

Call and ask about private lesson rates (310) 770-7291


Ocean Lesson 2 – Intro to SUP Surfing

Prerequisite: Ocean Lesson 1 or approval from a Paddle Method coach

SUP surfing requires time, dedication and hard work and that’s what we love about it plus it is one of the most things you will ever do. You’ll be hooked after your first wave! Like everything we do at Paddle Method, we start slowly build muscle memory and build confidence – but this, when the time is right, is when we say, Charge!

  • Start with etiquette and basic safety within the surf zone
  • Learn to identify wave direction
  • Sets and lulls – spot your wave
  • Launch -speed and direction
  • Take-off’s with knee paddling first
  • Basic turns
  • Recovery

$75 per paddler

This 2 hour tour includes top quality gear for all paddlers ages 16 and up


Private Lesson Rates

(call for an appointment)

Our time is yours and private lessons are all about accommodating anyone from first-timers who want a personal experience or intermediate paddlers who want to build their skills; or advance coaching for those looking to prep for SUP surfing or their first SUP race!

Personal Coaching is for the SUP enthusiasts who want to build more knowledge, get a truly unique water workouts along with the chance to explore Socal’s waterways. Paddle Method’s personal coaching offers a chance to get individual attention and maximum results for your stroke. We use state- of- the- art GPS and Stroke rate monitors in conjunction with video, goal setting and an array of paddle drills.

1 hour Private lesson: $75 for the first paddler and $50 for each additional person

1.5 Private lesson: $125 for the first paddler and $55 for each additional person

*Classes include up to 7 paddlers in the marina and 4 on the ocean and run for 60+ minutes. Classes and are open to all ages, that can swim, 14 and up. All top quality equipment and instruction is included. Thank you!

**Our CORE lessons are “go at your own pace” and some paddlers complete level 1 and 2 in the same day while others opt to practice and “train” between lessons to build muscle memory and gain confidence before moving on. Consult with your instructor to see what approach is best for you. It is recommended that you complete all 3 lessons within a maximum 3 week period (or practice regularly). Those who purchase the CORE package can use their voucher code for any lesson level (1,2,3) to accommodate those who may want to repeat a class)