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How Long Does It Take to Learn How to SUP?

October 4, 2023
Paddle Boarder Holding Atoll Board in Front of Water and Mountains

In many parts of the world, SUP season is coming to a close. As we look back at the last few months, our team at Atoll Boards can’t help but notice which questions popped most often. Among this year’s batch of brand-new paddlers, for example, one of the most common inquiries was this: how long does it take to learn how to SUP? As always, our SUP experts have everything you need to know, so keep on reading below!

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How Long It Takes to Feel Comfortable

First and foremost, please note that the following answer is not in regards to SUP-ing like a professional. Rather, for today’s purposes, we will only be talking about the basics; namely, how long it takes to feel comfortable on top of a paddle board. As one would imagine, the answer depends on a wide variety of variables, including health, physical fitness, previous experience with water sports, etc. Furthermore, in terms of reaching SUP master status, the length of the journey will highly depend on how often one is able to carve out quality time for learning, practicing, etc.

Paddle Boarder Holding Atoll Board in Front of Water and Mountains

Two to Four Hours of Practice

With all of that in mind, the most basic goal—feeling comfortable standing up on the board while actively paddling in calm waters—typically takes, on average, two to four hours of practice. Included in this time, one will learn many important fundamentals, such as the best way to stand on an SUP, whether or not to bend one’s knees, and several other essential skills. Then, once you have a firm grasp on the basics, you can slowly but surely work your way up to more advanced techniques like turning, stopping, and maneuvering in choppy or otherwise difficult waters. 

Advice for New Stand-up Paddle Boarders

As we stated previously, in order to become an even more proficient paddler, one will need to invest plenty of time, energy, and research into this newfound hobby. Luckily, our Atoll Boards blog is full of useful advice for new stand-up paddle boarders! What’s more, if you’re just getting started in your SUP journey, then consider checking out our Beginner’s Guide to SUP. In it, we cover everything you need to know from the barebone basics to some expert-level insights. 

Paddler Holding Atoll Board in Front of Water and Mountains

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Contact Our Team at Atoll Boards

Of course, if there’s anything else we can assist you with, please don’t hesitate to contact our team at Atoll Boards. Whatever your inquiries may be, we are always more than happy to help. In any case, we hope all of this helped to answer your question, “How long does it take to learn how to SUP?” By the way, if you’re in search of a perfect board for learning how to SUP, then consider our signature Atoll Boards. Made with the finest materials available, our inflatable SUPs (iSUPs) are wonderful vessels for all types of paddles, including racing, surfing, yoga, meditation, fishing, etc. At any rate, to learn more about our iSUPs or ask any other questions, please feel free to give us a call at 877-698-8581 or send an email to We look forward to serving you soon. Until then!

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