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Should I Take Stand-up Paddle Boarding Lessons?

October 5, 2023
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Our team at Atoll Boards is very familiar with the do-it-yourself (DIY) attitude. After all, it is this relentless quest for excellence that led us to create some of the best inflatable stand-up paddle boards (iSUPs) on the market today. When we didn’t see one that met our standards, we simply had to create it ourselves. In short, we’re no strangers to the satisfaction that comes with rolling up sleeves, putting in the hard work, and accomplishing something all on your own. Even then, however, it is important to know not only one’s limits, but also what is best for one’s long-term success. For example, one of the most common questions among brand-new SUP-ers is, “Should I take stand-up paddle boarding lessons?” Rest assured, our SUP experts have everything you need to know, so keep on reading below!

Read more: How Long Does It Take to Learn How to SUP?

SUP Lessons Will Ultimately Speed Up the Learning Process

As much as we admire the DIY attitude, there is no denying that SUP lessons will ultimately speed up the learning process. While you can probably figure out most things on your own, without instruction, it will inevitably be on a trial-and-error basis. Again, yes, it works, but you’ll definitely have an easier time with some expert guidance on your side. Think of it this way: every time you have a question, there will be someone there who is not only happy to help you, but also a master at what they do. 

Conversely, without them in your corner, you will likely figure things out with time; but, even then, you probably won’t be paddling like an expert. After all, you won’t have the reference point. Furthermore, efficiency aside, don’t overlook all the safety benefits that come with a well-informed instructor. In addition to general information about safely SUP-ing, they can also provide you with personalized advice. This is especially beneficial if you have any injuries or physical limitations that might cause you to SUP differently. 

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At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. While some people will appreciate everything that comes with mentorship, others will opt for flying solo. Even though SUP lessons would probably speed up the learning process and ultimately guide you to becoming a much better paddler, we understand the reservations from the other side of the conversation. That said, this is our final reason to consider learning from an expert: if you try SUP-ing and you absolutely love it, wouldn’t you prefer to do it as best you can? Or maybe even someday at an expert level? Well, if you really want to get the most out of your SUP-ing, then you may just want to get a teacher. In any case, as long as you learn how to SUP safely, responsibly, and properly, that’s what matters most. In short, take care of yourself and the people around you. 

Read more: Beginner’s Guide to SUP

Get in Touch With Our Team at Atoll Boards

We hope this helped to answer your question, “Should I take stand-up paddle boarding lessons?” For more information about SUP lessons, our signature Atoll Boards, or anything else, please feel free to get in touch with our team at Atoll Boards. To get the ball rolling, send an email to or give us a call at 877-698-8581. Additionally, you can quickly click here. At any rate, we look forward to serving you soon. Until then!

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