All equipment is conveniently located at our “Ocean Front” location:

Yoga Loft Building

1112 Ocean Drive

Manhattan Beach, CA 90266


It is a short walk to the beach!


Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lesson Type 1      © Copyright 2011 Frederick Reardon


Stand Up Paddleboard Lesson for good swimmers and/or surfers


Lesson Summary:


Part 1 - Equipment and Safety

Equipment review

Safety concerns

Board transport techniques 

Part 2 – How to read the Ocean and Impact Zone

Reading currents (swell direction)

Identifying rip currents

How to get out of a rip current

Using rip currents to your advantage

Being mindful of where you are in relation to land, obstacles, the impact zone, rip currents, boats, surfers, swimmers, etc.

Part 3 – Navigating the impact zone with an SUP

How to safely and effectively get your SUP in and out of the water

How to safely and effectively get your SUP through the impact zone

Modified SUP duck diving

How to deal with multiple set waves while in the impact zone

How to hold a paddle and your board while enduring multiple waves

Body surfing with your SUP

Using the Rip on your SUP

Identifying/recognizing a window of opportunity to get through the impact zone

Paddle placement and management

How to quickly get on your board

How to effectively paddle on your knees

Stabilizer bar technique

How to paddle through the wave white water without getting knocked off your board

How to be mindful of board placement when waiting for your window

Avoiding drifting into:  piers, jetties, rock groins/jetties, surfers, and swimmers

Part 4 - Paddle Techniques

When to Standup

Standing up methods

How to fall without hurting yourself

How to quickly get back onto your SUP

How to find your equilibrium on the board

Tricks to staying on your feet

Paddling techniques

Paddling into the wind

Turning techniques

Dealing with:  wind, chop, and swells

Understanding the current swell, wind, wave height and tide conditions and recognizing when they are changing (especially for the worse)

When to stay off your SUP

When to duck and cover

How to avoid damage to others, yourself and your equipment

How to recognize your window for returning to the beach

How to be mindful of the waves and water depths while paddling in to shore

How to navigate a safe return to the beach

How to deal with your SUP in the beach break so it does not hit you like a baseball bat

How to safely return to the beach from the shore break

What are my limitations?

Gear and SUP equipment recommendations

Fun!


Pricing for SUP Type 1 Lesson

Allow 2 to 3 hour window for a single or group lesson

SUP lesson for one person $150

SUP lesson for two people $250 ($125 per person)

SUP, Soul & Soothe (SUP Session, Yoga Class & Massage) $250

Wet Suit Rental $20 per person [if you need one (they are clean/sanitized!)]


Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lesson Type 2


SUP Oriented Swimming Lessons and Ocean Navigation Techniques


© Copyright 2011 Frederick Reardon


Geared towards beginner swimmers and/or novice ocean swimmers who possess an ardent desire to Stand Up Paddleboard in the Ocean.

Are you concerned about your swimming abilities?  Or do you question whether or not you are ready to tackle the Pacific Ocean?

People that SUP on the Ocean require a unique skill set.


Important! How to generally assess you readiness:


Before Stand Up Paddleboarding on the Ocean, please consider:


Distance from beach Stand Up Paddle-boarders’ average:  400 yards +/-

1 mile = 5,280 feet or 1,760 yards

¼ mile = 1,320 feet or 440 yards (4.5 football fields +/-)

Length of Olympic Swimming Pool = 50 meters

400 yards = 365.8 meters

365.8 meters divided by 50 meters = 7.3 laps in an Olympic Pool


SUPers should be able to confidently swim amongst ocean waves, in the impact zone, and be able to swim at least 500 yards with confidence (preferably a lot more).


This lesson(s) or course typically involves some time at the pool and in the ocean impact zone. Some individuals are able to avoid Part 1 (Pool Swimming) if they are good swimmers.  This course precedes a Stand Up Paddleboard Type 1 lesson if swimming and/or surf zone navigation abilities need to be improved.

Rationale for the course:


The Ocean can be a dangerous place.  It can be an especially dangerous place if you are not a good swimmer.  When participating in an endeavor like Stand Up Paddleboarding, you should absolutely possess an understanding of how to deal with waves, the impact zone, swell direction, north/south current, rip currents, etc.  Before stand up paddleboarding, you should be comfortable swimming in the ocean or at least be comfortable in knowing you can make it back to shore, without your board (if you need to).


The duration of the lessons or course depends on a person’s swimming ability, athletic abilities, endurance, and personal drive.  The goal of the lesson(s) is for the person to confidently get in and out of the impact zone with an SUP…unscathed.  Some people are able to learn the following techniques in a few hours while others need days, weeks or months of training. It is not our intent to soak someone for hours of training.  We can assess an individuals needs and give them homework.  We focus on and help an individual with their weak points.

SUP Oriented Swimming Lessons and Ocean Navigation Techniques


Part 1 – Pool Swimming

Getting comfortable and having fun with the water and swimming

Underwater swimming techniques

Survival float and low exertion-swimming techniques

Distance swimming techniques

Techniques for dealing with fatigue

Breathing and staying calm

Distance swimming


Part 2 – Ocean and Impact Zone Swimming

Reading currents (swell direction)

Identifying rip currents

How to get out of a rip current

Using rip currents to your advantage

How to swim through the impact zone unscathed

Body surfing techniques

How to avoid being body slammed by a wave

Swimming while being mindful of where you are in relation to land, obstacles, the impact zone, rip currents, boats, surfers, swimmers, etc.


Part 3 – Navigating the impact zone with an SUP

How to safely and effectively get your SUP in and out of the water

How to safely and effectively get your SUP through the impact zone

Modified SUP duck diving

How to deal with multiple set waves while in the impact zone

How to hold a paddle and your board while enduring multiple waves

Body surfing with your SUP

Using the Rip on your SUP

Identifying/recognizing a window of opportunity to get through the impact zone

How to quickly get on your board

How to effectively paddle on your knees

How to paddle through the wave white water without getting knocked off your board

How to be mindful of board placement when waiting for your window

Avoiding drifting into:  piers, jetties, rock groins/jetties, surfers, and swimmers

When to Standup

Understanding the current swell, wind, wave height and tide conditions and recognizing when they are changing (especially for the worse)

How to properly fall off your SUP

When to stay off your SUP

When to duck and cover

How to avoid damage to others, yourself and your equipment

How to recognize your window for returning to the beach

How to be mindful of the waves and water depths while paddling in to shore

How to navigate a safe return to the beach

How to deal with your SUP in the beach break so it does not hit you like a baseball bat

How to safely return to the beach from the shore break

What are my limitations?


Pricing for SUP Type 2 Lesson


$100 per hour

Two people $150 per hour

Wet Suit Rental $20 per person [if you need one (they are clean/sanitized!)]


You can pay for the services, the day of your lesson, at our facility in Manhattan Beach, CA.  All major credit cards, cash, and ATM are accepted.


Or, if you want to buy a SUP related gift for someone on line or would simply like the convenience of purchasing online, you can book all of these services on the yoga loft website.  Here are the steps:


Go to:  Click this link Select “ONLINE STORE”


Select “Classes” on the drop down

Select Item – choose from:

SUP Lesson for two

SUP Lesson

SUP Video

Surf Soothe and Soul

Wet Suit Rental

If you want more than one item, continue to add items by selecting “Store” and then “Classes” drop down and clicking add item.

If you don’t have a user name and password, you may need to set one up

To check out, click CC(Key/Stored)

Enter Credit Card information and finalize purchase


Call 310 372 7334 to schedule SUP Services.


© Copyright 2011 Frederick Reardon

Lessons

Do you possess an ardent desire to Stand Up Paddle (SUP) in the Pacific Ocean?   We can help you.  You do not receive a certificate after this course.  You do not attain a guarantee that you will be able to handle Neptune’s fury.  However, if you work and train hard and walk down the following path, you may be able to attain the weapons you need to confidently engage in a truly spiritual endeavor.

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lessons

We have two types of Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lessons. Please read though both descriptions below and select the approach which speaks to your abilities. The lesson includes the use of a carbon fiber paddle, high end SUP, and leash.  Our goal is provide safe instruction and have fun.  Please call 310 749 0807 to schedule an SUP lesson.