Covewater SUP Santa Cruz Stand Up Paddle

Classes & Tours

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See the schedule below for a listing of upcoming classes.
For more information on our classes, click on any class title in the schedule below,
or scroll down to see the description of classes for more detailed information.
Harbor classes begin April 18th, New Brighton/Capitola classes begin May 2nd.

Intro to Stand Up Paddling @ Santa Cruz Harbor 

Come discover the thrill of Stand Up Paddling!  Stand Up Paddleboarding (or SUP) is the fastest growing water sport in the world for good reason – it’s incredibly fun and easy to learn.  Covewater Paddle Surf Shop’s lessons are lead by our small team of instructors - the friendliest and most experienced in Northern California, without exception.  We’ll provide you with a stand up paddleboard, paddle, wetsuit (if desired) and the patient, friendly and professional instruction that will have you loving the sport in no time.  The harbor class (not other classes) also includes complementary photos emailed to you after the class!

Classes take place at the Santa Cruz Harbor. Enjoy the harbor's serene waters while enjoying gorgeous views and local wildlife including sea birds, sea otters and playful seals.  We will cover all the basics you need: proper stance, paddling technique, turning and more.  And not only is SUP a great time, it’s also an excellent core workout!  We'll take ample pictures of you in action on the water and email them so you can share the fun of SUP with your friends.  Once you've completed one of these classes, you'll be ready to rent your own and go explore!   Where to meet and other FAQs are emailed to you upon registration, or see FAQs link below.


Duration:  2 hours
Price:       $70  (includes all equipment and photos)

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 Ocean Intro to SUP - New Brighton/Capitola

Learn to stand up paddle on beautiful Monterey Bay. The class takes place from picturesque & calm New Brighton Beach in New Brighton Beach State Park. You'll learn all the basics of stand up paddling, plus ocean paddling specific skills including: beach launches and exits, paddling with wind, swell & tide. This knowledge will allow you to comfortably paddle on the ocean most days. Note: even on calm days, this ocean class is slightly more challenging than our Intro class at the harbor. Most people who are in good condition and relatively athletic do fine, but if you'd like a less challenging class, we recommend our Intro class at the harbor. Where to meet and other FAQs are emailed to you upon registration or see link below. 


Duration:  2 hours
Price:       $70  (includes all equipment)

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Private Classes and Group Events

Are private classes for individuals or groups available?

Yes, we regularly conduct private classes at several locations.  Private classes can range from one-on-one clinic, to a private family excursion, to company team building events for 20 people.  See more information about private lessons HERE.

Release Form

Please note that there are inherent risks associated with this water activity.  A Liability Release form must be completed prior to participation in any class or SUP rental.  If you signed up for your class online, you have already agreed to the Release but must bring a signed copy to your class.  You may download and print the form HERE.

Give the Gift of SUP

Stand up paddling classes are a uniquely fun experience and make a great gift.  If you would like to give the gift of stand up paddling, gift certificates are the perfect way to share the stoke of SUP.  Available in any amount – from a SUP rental to a SUP class to a new board!  Just give us a call and we'll send you a personalized Covewater gift certificate to meet your giving desire.  You can also ORDER A GIFT CERTIFICATE ONLINE HERE.  



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Covewater Paddle Surf
726 Water Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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