SUPKingston was created in 2013 by Myra MacDonald, a stand up paddle boarding enthusiast and instructor, competitive runner, and educator.
Our mission is to introduce people to the rapidly growing water sport of SUP (stand up paddling) for the purpose of relaxation, fitness development, cross training, or socializing.
Lessons are delivered throughout Kingston by Paddle Canada, PaddleFit, and World Paddle certified instructors. SUPKingston is mobile, thereby maximizing lesson accessibility while seeking skill level appropriate water conditions for clients.
Stand Up Paddling is easy to learn and provides participants with a full body workout in a water sport that provides increased visibility above and into the water in a super friendly paddling community. No prerequisite is necessary other than an ability to swim and a desire for adventure! Join us for Basic and Advanced SUP Lessons, or combined land and water workouts through PaddleFit training! SUPKingston is a PaddleSmart Trainer and safety is paramount.
We are stoked to welcome you to join us on Kingston’s liquid gym!
SUPKingston is an authorized Jimmy Lewis stand up paddle board dealer.
HISTORY OF SUP
SUP began as a method of transportation for the Polynesians travelling from island to island. In the 1950s and 60s surfing instructors began standing on their boards to facilitate viewing students and incoming swells, thereby gaining better vantage points. In the early 2000s, surfing icons Dave Kalama and Laird Hamilton began to stand up paddle as a method of cross training when waves weren’t sufficient for surfing. The sport is now continuing to experience tremendous growth world wide in lakes, rivers, and oceans. SUP has a tremendous following, with athletes competing in distance, sprint, and surf competitions. SUP has become the fastest growing water sport in North America!
- Advanced Flatwater Instructor – Paddle Canada
- Level 3 Coach – PaddleFit USA
- Water Safety/SUP Education – Class 1 – World Paddle Association
- AdventureSmart/PaddleSmart Trainer – Paddle Canada /National Search and Rescue Secretariat
- First Aid CPRC/AED – Canadian Red Cross
- Basic Cruising – Canadian Yachting Association