SUP (Stand Up Paddle Boarding)


About SUP / Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is one of the most rapidly growing sports internationally with a wide range of health benefits. It been proven that one hour of SUP’ing can burn 600-1000 calories of fat, enhancing your overall fitness levels and improving balance, coordination, endurance, blood flow and circulation. SUP’ing strengthens your heart and lungs while burning fat and toning muscles. It is of course the perfect way to unwind, de-stress and leave the worries of work behind.


It is suitable for people of all ages and ability as it requires minimal equipment – SUP board, paddle and buoyancy aid. We teach 10 years of age and above. Lessons can be booked individually or in a group and our instructors are all BSUPA / ASI certified and teach to the highest International standards. Their local knowledge and expertise can only but enhance your overall experience. So join us…fill your lungs with fresh sea air and explore the wonderful coastline and what nature has to offer.


Our SUP Lessons & Rental Prices


  • €40
    2 Hour Lesson
  • Learn your beginner SUP skills. Basic paddle strokes, entry and exit successfully, balance, coordination and above all have fun!

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  • €40
    2 Hour Lesson
  • Improve your overall technique, pivots, turns and paddle strokes and handling your board in more exposed waters.

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  • €15
    Per Hour.
  • Minimum 2 hour Rental.

    Extras: €5 wet suit and bootie hire

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Class Descriptions


This 2 hour class is held in Dun Laoghaire harbour, in an enclosed area for maximum safety and can be booked individually or as part of a group. During your introductory class you will learn all the basic SUP skills needed to become an independent Sup’er. i.e: handling your SUP board correctly,entering and exiting the water safely, basic paddling techniques, balance, coming to a stop turning and dismounting.


This 2 hour class would also be held in Dun Laoghaire harbour for the beginning of the session and then move out into more exposed waters in the harbour as the lesson progresses. During your water improvement class, you will learn more advanced strokes and refine your paddling skills, Improve on technique, learn backwards paddling, reading the weather and understanding the tides, identifying safe entry and exit points, self rescue.


This class is the final class to become an independent SUP’er as you will have gained knowledge on all conditions, favorable and unfavorable. The class would also be held in Dun Laoghaire harbour. This session includes knowing equipment terminology, advanced paddle strokes (J stroke C stroke and reverse J stroke) and techniques for exposed areas, board control in turbulent waters. Rescue others sup users.

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SUP Equipment

Aboveboard are the distributors for Lokahi sup Boards in Ireland. We have chosen to use current season stand up paddle boards in the school as it gives clients the opportunity to paddle a high performance board from the start and give the student the nicest and best water experience.
Also people can try before they buy a board from us.

The 2016 Lokahi collection are all round fun boards with their classic design. These boards make stand up paddling accessible. Ideal for beginners to advanced riders, safe and amazingly stabile, ideal for cruising on flat water or small waves.
We have boards of all shapes and sizes to suit every one and there paddling ability we even have high end race boards for people to train on and use.



Rail Taping Service

Screen Shot 2015-01-12 at 21.12.30Save your board from unwanted damage! You may have the best intentions and look after your SUP boards really well, but no matter how careful you are, inevitably your paddle will bump off the rail of your board, causing scrapes and scuffing.

Avoid trying to fix these yourself with dodgy waxes, sprays and other messy adhesives. SUP boards are valuable and need to keep their high re-sale value. Protect your investment properly using our Rail Taping Service.

Rail Saver Pro tape is made of semi rigid PVC that is highly resistant to any impact or abrasion. It applies easily to curves and repositioning without leaving bubbles. It does not peel off or discolour with age and offers a superb tough protective surface for your rails.
Our Rail Taping Service is €15 per board. Call the centre now to book your board in.



What is BSUPA?

BSUPABSUPAThe British Stand Up Paddle Association is one of the top instruction programs and certifications you can get. Our instructor offers only the best instruction formed out of having both accreditation’s under his belt, ensuring you the best service. Watch this spot for BSUPA events coming to Ireland in the near future.


Family SUP

Paddle Boarding is the perfect activity for families to enjoy together. It is an easy sport to take up, allowing both parents and children to interact and bond. Together you can explore the outdoors, getting close to nature, birds, seals and other wildlife and paddle around the moored sailing boats and trawlers. SUP is easier and safer than surfing, so everyone can relax and enjoy their time on the water. We provide all the wet suits, buoyancy aids and equipment needed for the session and guarantee an unforgettably fun experience!

We teach children from age 10 and above. During your 2.5 hour class, you will learn various paddle techniques and how to manoeuvre your board, starting, stopping, handling the board, safe entry and exit points. We provide toilet, changing room and car parking facilities at our clubhouse. Classes are taught by a qualified BSUPA  instructor in the safe, controlled location of the Dun Laoghaire harbour. Our centre is fully insured and licensed to teach these classes. We recommend you bring along a towel, swimming togs, flip flops, sun cream and a bottle of water to the class.


Salthill SUP Club

At aboveboard we have a stand up paddle board club called Salthill sup club which offers members the use of the schools equipment 7 days a week for a massive discount.
We offer club membership to those who have completed the beginners class with us, giving them the opportunity to avail of our Club and its benefits – changing rooms, toilet and car parking facilities, equipment usage and insurance.
We charge an annual fee of €40 (this includes a free Sup Session) for the use of the club and these facilities.
Each launch thereafter is €20.
The club has increasing membership, making it a great social gathering of interesting people of all levels of paddle expirience and all keen to get out on the water and enjoy some quality SUP time with the group. Back at the club everyone gathers after their session, all the stories of the day can be handed around over a BBQ burgers and beverages.


Annual Club Membership and Subscription includes:
Organised club events.
Safe environment to learn and hire equipment.Supervised launches.
High quality sports equipment for use through the club including high end current season race wave and crossover boards for use.
Communal social area to hang out and catch up with other club members.
Club changing facilities, toilets and car parking.
A wide range of discounts and reductions are available to Club Members on equipment, lessons for friends and family, organised events and excursions, family activities.



SUP Excursions

Aboveboard offers a range of full and half day SUP excursions in Dublin and country wide, that can be organised with friends, family or colleagues. Our experienced SUP team are on hand to teach, set-up and co-ordinate all levels of participation. You will discover beautiful scenery and we will introduce you to some of the watery treasures of Ireland. SUP’ing on the canals is a great alternative way to see our beautiful countryside up close without having to use a car or a boat.

sup-excursionsKilcock to Leixlip – The Royal Canal
Kilcock is a charming village on the Royal canal, County Kildare. The Canal reopened in 2010, fully restored and rebuilt for recreational use. The beautiful canal is now an environmental treasure. This 13km SUP will see us meander alongside leafy embankments, the waterfall, aqueduct and ancient Roman bath at Leixlip. Your itinerary for the day would include your SUP equipment, class and instructor on the canal, your return coach journey and lunch.

Sallins to Hazelhatch – The Grand Canal
Sallins is a quaint village on the banks of the Grand Canal, County Kildare. This 13km journey we will take in historical ruins and stunning landscapes with a flourishing ecology, birds and other wildlife. Your itinerary for the day would include your SUP equipment, class and instructor on the canal, your return coach journey and lunch.


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