If you’re looking for SUP tuition, we strongly recommend using accredited schools and qualified instructors wherever possible. While SUP is essentially a very safe sport, if it is not taught correctly using appropriate equipment, your experience is very likely to be less than pleasurable. There can be a world of difference between the teaching and safety practises of a professionally run paddleboarding school, and the ‘casual operator’ on a beach who has simply got themselves a couple of boards and has no formal training or qualifacations whatsoever!

The following schools have all completed the SurfingNZ Accreditation process, which means they have qualified SUP instructors and have complied with all the current regulations and guidelines.

The following schools have not completed the Accreditation process, but have ISA/SNZ qualified SUP instructors, who have been trained to deliver properly structured paddleboarding lessons on appropriate equipment, and utilising proper safety practises.

SUP Bro Paddleboarding Tutukaka
Fergs Kayaks Wellington
Fergs Kayaks Auckland
Golden Bay Kayaks Takaka, Abel Tasman National Park
Groundswell Christchurch
Wanaka SUP & Kayaks Matakana
Christchurch Paddleboarding Matakana
Paddleboard Dunedin Matakana
Taranaki Stand up Paddle & Surf Sports New Plymouth
Wind Warrior Kitesports Foxton Beach
Catlins Surf Curio Bay, Southland