Frequently Asked Questions

Will I get Wet?

YES – when stand up paddling or doing SUP Yoga you will get your feet, up to your knees wet and even your hands will get wet.

What should I wear?

There is always a chance you may fall in the water so consider what fabric your clothes are made from – quick dry is best NO COTTON!!!
I recommend ROXY Outdoor Fitness products as well as Lululemon ‘run items’

Where do we meet for lessons?

Vancouver – Meet at the Maritime Museum beach parking lot at Hadden Park at the end of Chestnut Drive

White Rock – Meet at the parking lots closest to the boat launch.

Steveston – Meet at the Brittania Shipyard museum.

PLEASE arrive 15 minutes prior to your lesson to arrange your rental and sign your waiver.

*If an alternate location has been listed/arranged please contact info@standuppaddlevancouver.com to confirm your meeting location.

How will I find you?

Look for the big Caribean Blue Stand Up Paddleboards! In some cases they may be a variety of colours. Also look for a stoked instructor to take you on to the water!

What to leave at home or locked in your vehicle?

 Cell phone
 Camera – unless waterproof
 Expensive sunglasses
 Watch
 Pretty much anything you do not wish to donate to Davie Jones’ Locker!

*Stand Up Paddle Vancouver and it’s instructors are NOT responsible for lost or stolen items while on the water or left in vehicles.

What to bring?

 Towel
 Change of clothes
 An adventurous spirit!

Do I need to wear a wetsuit?

A wetsuit is NOT required for this activity between June-September.
If you own a wetsuit and feel you will be cold on/in the water you are welcome to wear one.

*Wetsuits are NOT rented or provided by Stand Up Paddle Vancouver.

When we do SUPYoga how do I not float away?

Stand Up Paddle Vancouver will provide you with a SUPYoga Anchor to take on the water with you, when we have found the ideal place to set up to practice on the water you will be instructed to lower your anchor and set up for an awe-inspiring view for your yoga practice!

**SUPYoga Anchors are made by COLD SURF in Tofino, BC Canada and can be purchased from Stand Up Paddle Vancouver.

What if I can’t swim?

ALL participants must be able to swim; what this means is you must be comfortable if you fell off your board that you can make it back to your board and get back on.

Do I need to wear a PFD?

A Canadian Coast Guard approved PFD (Personal Floatation Device) will be provided to you for your lesson as well as a Whistle.

**Transport Canada requires every Stand Up Paddler to have a PFD & Whistle on their board when paddling

Stand Up Paddle Vancouver instructors are all Certified by Paddle Canada and trained by Stand Up Paddle Vancouver – you will be asked to sign a waiver at the start of your lesson.

What if it rains?

Lessons will still run in light rain/wind.
Lessons will ONLY be cancelled day of if conditions are not conducive to the participant’s safety. *SEE Refund/Cancellation Policy
Stand Up Paddle Vancouver is committed to offering the highest quality lessons and will always contact you in advance should the weather not be ideal for your excursion/lesson and re-schedule as needed.

What if I don’t have my own board/paddle?

Stand Up Paddle Vancouver offers board/paddle rentals with all lessons – be sure to select a lesson that INCLUDES Board/Paddle when registering online and all the equipment required will be provided for you.

*You will be responsible for any damage to the equipment rented from Stand Up Paddle Vancouver – if an item is unusable when returned you will be charged the Full retail rate less 30% to replace the damaged item. For small repairs a quote will be provided (For Example small repairs run $25-$150)

Refund & Cancellation Policy

Lessons
Cancellation – 48 hours notice is required for cancellation of single Lesson. Missed lessons without the appropriate notice will be charged as if attended.
Medical Cancellations – Cancellation is permitted where an athlete or team is not able to participate in a single sessions for medical reasons. A doctor’s note confirming that the athlete or team was not permitted to participate is required within 7 days of missed session and upon receipt, a credit for a makeup session will be issued.

Clinics, Workshops & Retreats
Cancellation – 14 days of notice is required for workshop or clinic cancellations. Any cancellations by an athlete or group with 14 or more days of notice will be processed and a $25.00 administration fee per participant or group (as applicable) will apply.

Cancellation Within 13 Days Of Clinic/Workshop – No cancellations by an individual or group will be accepted within 13 days of the beginning of the clinic, workshop or retreat.

Medical Cancellations – Cancellation is permitted where an athlete or group is not able to participate for medical reasons. A doctor’s note confirming that the athlete or team is not permitted to participate is required and upon receipt a refund will be processed.