Sail to Learn
Stand-up Paddleboarding/Surfing




Paddling with one of the squirts! FUN!!
Sail2Learn offers stand-up paddleboarding (or SUP) lessons for beginner to intermediate paddlers in the Sarasota/Bradenton, FL area. Lessons are aboard large, wide, hard (as opposed to soft-inflatable) boards and given in waist to chest deep, flat water in Sarasota Bay. Start from scratch and learn all required to effectively and safely plan/handle a paddleboard excursion including:
  • creating a "floatplan" (not required but always a good idea) for the excursion - dependent upon weather conditions,
  • loading/unloading and securing paddleboards from atop a vehicle
  • transporting paddleboards from vehicle to water
  • preparing for departure; leash, paddle, PFD, optional gear (cooler, anchor, scuba mask & fins)
  • Mounting the board
  • DIS-mounting the board (also known as falling off!)
  • Paddling postures; seated, kneeling, standing
  • Gaining (and maintaining) standing balance
  • Paddling grip and strokes for selected posture
  • Switching paddling sides
  • Tuning a core-powered stroke
  • Turning the board

All of the above can be accomplished in a two hour lesson.

Steve Bonham
Steve Bonham
Coaching provided by Steve Bonham, a calm, patient, experienced (40+ years sailing) and friendly skipper with current ASA certifications. Bonham is a former college health & kinesiology professor, an NCAA division I Mens Gymnastics coach, and an instructional systems designer/faculty developer. He believes that for learning to stick it must be hands-on and immediately relevant. So learners can expect sequences of progressive drills and mindful practice with individualized, kind and constructive feedback from a laidback and patient instructor. Video of Steve with his dog Carter on a recent paddle.

Email to schedule your lesson - or to request further information.

Email: sbonham@georgiasouthern.edu


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