Frequently Asked Questions

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 the Growing participation in sport program?
VicHealth’s Growing Participation in Sport program will deliver proven participation opportunities to engage less active young people (12-17 years) to become more active through sport.

We know that over nine out of ten young people (12-17 years) are not meeting the Australian Physical Activity Guidelines of 60 minutes of physical activity every day. We also know that physical activity levels and sport participation rates significantly decrease during adolescence, as young people transition from primary school to secondary school and from childhood to adulthood.

VicHealth wants to support young people to create good physical activity habits early in life. To do this we will invest up to $6 million over the next three years (2018 to 2021) and partner with a number of state or national sporting organisations who can help us make the greatest impact on increasing the participation levels of less active young people.

This program will have a significant focus on engaging those young people who face health inequities, those who don’t engage in regular physical activity and those that aren’t interested in participating in existing traditional sport offerings.

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 our deliverers 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 must i be 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.

9. What do I need to bring?
You really don’t need much to come Stand Up Paddleboarding with us but you may need to remind yourself due to the excitement of joining us and so this list may help…

  • Bring a towel

  • Change of clothes

  • Wear your swimwear, sports gear or any non restrictive comfy clothing

  • Water

  • A big smile

  • We supply the rest!!

Be prepared for the elements, weather can change: hats, warmer clothes, or BYO your own wetsuit but note SUPing is hot work and we only advise in very cold conditions, wear layers and be prepared if you get to hot/or cold.  Also remember to apply sunscreen before the session.