Paddle Boarding FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need experience?
No. We will teach you everything you need to know to stand on a board and paddle away.

Do I have to be in shape to do this?
You do not have to be an Olympic athlete, but a minimum level of fitness is required for any outdoor activity including SUP. If you can stand on one foot for 30 seconds, get from a kneeling position to a standing position without using your hands, pull yourself out of the deep end of a pool without a ladder, get through a moderate fitness class or power-walk for an hour, you can do this. You do not have to be an Olympic athlete, but a minimum level of fitness is required for any outdoor activity including SUP. Please let us know if you have physical limitations like back or knee injuries, diabetes, or a heart condition so we can accommodate you accordingly.

Is there a weight or height requirement?
Our 12-foot, recreational boards are designed for people of average height and weight. They will easily float people up to 240 pounds. We have different sized boards to accommodate larger people over six-foot tall, or smaller folks and children under five-foot tall.

Is there an age requirement?
People of all ages can paddle. It just depends on your fitness level and size. The minimum age to participate in an eco-tour is 12-years-old. Children younger than 12 can participate in a lesson or rental under parental supervision. The following restrictions apply: A parent or guardian must sign a waiver for minors under 18. Unaccompanied children ages 16-18 may participate in a guided eco tour with a signed waiver from a parent or guardian. A parent or guardian must accompany children under 16 on eco-tours, lessons and rentals. A private instructor/guide may be hired for unaccompanied minors ages 16-18. Children under 12-years-old can participate in a private lesson (for an additional fee) and self-guided paddle accompanied by a parent or guardian. Please call to discuss the specific needs of your family.

What if I don’t want to SUP but would like to get on the water with my friends or family?
You can join an eco-tour or lesson on a kayak. Kayaks are available for rent or separate scheduled tours.

Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes. You do not have to be competitive swimmer, but you must be able to self-rescue if you decide to test your skills at falling in the water.

Do I need to where a life jacket?
You do not have to wear a life jacket if you are over 6 years old. However, the Coast Guard requires all paddleboards to have life jackets on them. Paddlers are leashed to the board, which serves as a large floatation device by itself. We offer fitted jackets for those who want to wear them.

What do I need to bring?
You will need a swimsuit, sunblock, and towel. The following are optional, but items that others have found useful; hat, sunglasses, sunglass lanyards or keepers (to secure them to you head), rash guard, water shoes, and a waterproof camera. We will provide you with drinking water for the tour.

Is there a place to secure valuables?
?We recommend locking your valuables in your car. The parking lot has security but we are not responsible for any lost or stolen items. We have the ability to secure car keys and other small items once you’ve stashed your valuables.

Do you accept credit and debit cards?
?Yes. We accept most major credit cards as well as debit cards. Cash is accepted as well.

Can I book in advance?
Yes. We recommend booking in advance especially between December and May, which is our busy season. Weekends can also fill up, so book early to assure a spot.

What happens if there is bad weather?
Since SUP is an outdoor sport, we are at the mercy of the weather. If it looks like the weather will not cooperate on the day of your tour, we will notify you in plenty of time to rebook for a nicer day, whenever possible.

Where are you located?
Our launch is located at the beautiful Port Sanibel Marina just off Sanibel Island at 14341 Port Comfort Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908. Besides being the gateway to some of the most spectacular paddle trails on the Southwest coast, the marina offers access to amenities such as showers, bathrooms, free secure parking, 2 restaurants, and boat docks.

How much time do I need to get to your locations?
If you are staying on Sanibel or Captiva, anywhere from 10 to 30 minutes is required to get to us. If you are staying in Fort Myers or Fort Myers Beach, depending on the location, it may take up to an hour or longer during high season (December through April). Please plan for extra travel time on weekends.