1. What is SUP?
SUP is Stand Up Paddleboarding, a new activity that combines standing on a board and propelling yourself across the water. Read more about it here
2. What is Active Women and Girls for Health and Wellbeing?
VicHealth’s Active women & girls for health & wellbeing Initiative 2017–20 will create new opportunities for women’s and girls’ participation in sport and increase the profle of women in sport while improving sports policy and practice to create inclusive environments. Gender equality is a critical determinant of health and wellbeing. Women remain under- represented in sport – both on and o the eld – in participation, media profle and leadership positions. Sport provides a valuable setting to change social norms, culture and behaviour to advance gender equality. VicHealth’s focus on women in sport forms part of our overarching commitment to achieving gender equality across the community and building a culture of respect and non-violence.
3. How is Surfing Victoria involved?
Surfing Victoria is the Governing Body for Surfing in Victoria. As SUP is a discipline of Surfing, we are involved in the administration of the activity. Surfing Victoria has been funded by VicHealth to develop SUP for females and create new opportunities for females to be involved in SUP throughout Victoria.
4. How do I join a SUP Club?
Currently there are two clubs in Victoria for SUP.
- SUP Vic
- SUP Sisters (female only)
5. Can I learn to SUP by myself?
The best way to learn how to SUP is to visit your local SUP school to get a few lessons. These schools are nationally accredited and can teach you the correct technique, which will turn you into a life long SUP participant! Check out all of the SUP schools here.
6. Where can I get further lessons?
There are SUP schools located all around Melbourne and Geelong as well as select schools in regional areas. Here are a list of affiliated SUP Schools in Victoria:
- GO Surf School (Port Fairy)
- WSUP (Barwon Heads, Geelong)
- Stillwater Paddleboards (Bendigo)
- SUP-FIT (Mornington Peninsula)
- Inverloch SUP (Inverloch)
- Surf Shack (Lakes Entrance)
7. How will I know if the weather is suitable to SUP?
The best option is to keep an eye on the Bureau of Meteorology and Coastalwatch for up to date wind, tide and swell conditions. The lighter the wind, the better! Ensure to always notify a friend that you are going, or better yet take them with you!
8. What age is allow to participate?
Our Coasting for Teens program is for 12-17 year olds. The Coasting for Women program is for 18 year olds and above.