Stand Up Paddle
Was ’SUP? Stand Up Paddleboarding or Surfing!
SUP originated in Hawaii on the principles of surfing and waterboarding but standing up with a paddle. The sport is big on being balanced. SUP burns calories and is a full on full body experience. It has earned a reputation for restoring balance and calms your spirit. On a calm water it can be meditative, and you can do yoga on a paddleboard almost everywhere these days. But don’t underestimate the sport as entirely quiet; you can surf and give good race on a paddleboard.
SUP is a year round activity. Summer is high season and the best time to teach. For example; If you are into Ocean SUP, then in Europe, the North Atlantic swell comes in Autumn with some of the best SUP spots in Portugal, France and Spain, but high season for employment and lessons are generally in summer and in particular August, during school holidays.
Pay will be based on your qualifications; anywhere from a Level 1 Instructor to Coach Or Trainer Level. Starting your own business can be profitable, but you need to factor in the cost of the boards (£800-£1000 new) and insurance. As a seasonal worker for an employer in the UK as an example, an hourly rate might be anywhere from £12-£20/hr.
If you are an SUP instructor, you can get creative and add more value with SUP Yoga which may allow you to work as a freelancer or charge per person. (est. £30 per person/2 hour session)