Learn how to stand up paddle and have SUP lessons at Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddle, an ASI accredited school, located at Huskinsson, Jervis Bay, about 150km south of Sydney.
The school is owned and run by Melissa McManus. Melissa started Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddle because of her love for stand up paddle and in response to the interest from others who saw her paddling. Many people were saying to me, that looks like fun, where can I try it?
Jervis Bay is world famous for its crystal clear waters, pure white sands and abundance of wildlife. You can glide along so quietly, on a stand up paddle board, and be amongst the wildlife. You can see fish swimming below you, the birds swooping around you and kangeroos lounging lazily on the shore. It's just a wonderful experience seeing nature from a stand up paddle board, says Melissa. It's like bushwalking on water!
Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddle is a mobile school. Melissa has scouted out the best and safest locations in Jervis Bay and the Shoalhaven region. There are lots of options depending on what you like to see and where you are staying. Jervis Bay Stand Up Paddle offers group and private lessons and guided tours for families, adults, parties, school groups and corporates.
Melissa is an ASI Level 2 Stand Up Paddle instructor holding surf rescue and senior first aid certificates. She also regularly competes in both flatwater and surfing stand up paddle competitions with highlights including:
Merimbula Classic 2009 - 2nd ladies SUP surfing, 2nd & 3rd in teams races
Noosa Festival of Surf 2010 - 4th womens 3km ocean race
Malfunction Comp Kingscliff 2010 - 2nd womens 12'6" div, 5km race (behind sponsored international racer)
Roar Comp Currumbin (Qld State Titles) 2010 - 3rd womens SUP surfing
NSW State Titles 2010 - 4th womens SUP surfing
Australian Titles 2010 - 7th womens SUP surfing
Merimbula Classic 2010 - 4th Womens SUP surfing, 2nd in teams race
Noosa Festival of Surf 2011 - 7th Womens SUP surfing
Malfunction Comp Kingscliff 2011 - 5th Womens SUP surfing, 1st womens 5km amateur 12'6 (and 3rd across the line open am 12'6)
Coreban River Race Woronora - 1st Womens 14' race (and 4th across line open mens division), 1st Womens 12'6 race (and 6th across the line open mens division)
"I just wanted to write a quick email to thank you for a wonderful lesson and paddle last weekend. I loved paddle surfing, and really look forward to doing more of it. Your enthusiasm and love of the sport really inspired me, and I hope to see you out on the waves again soon. All the best for a wonderful summer." Danielle
"We both had the best time stand-up paddling and are so happy that we took the time to try this new (to us) sport and that you were free to teach us. You were so incredibly patient with both us of and very encouraging in our trials and unexpected dives into the drink! You made our experience very comfortable and relaxing. We started paying much more attention to the stillness and ripples in the water after our lesson as well!" Jeanne & Geoff"
"It was just the most amazing experience - I couldn't believe I could do it at my age (55). It was fun and very relaxing." Leanne and Colin from Sydney
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