Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, Toronto Islands

Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, Toronto Islands

Learn to paddleboard in the beautiful setting of the Toronto Islands just minutes from downtown Toronto. This 75-minute Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Lesson is perfect for anyone who is interested in trying out this exciting sport for the first time.
Where:Toronto, Ontario
Age restriction:Minimum age for participation - 12 years
Price for:1 Participant
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Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, Toronto Islands - GROUP LESSON
Price shown is per person / per lesson.
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Stand Up Paddleboarding Lesson, Toronto Islands - PRIVATE LESSON
Price shown is per person / per lesson.
Discover first-hand what all the fun of SUP is all about.

The introductory SUP lesson is specifically designed for those with little to no experience on the water and is a great way to familiarise oneself with Stand-Up Paddleboarding.

While taking the SUP lesson, you will immerse yourself in the beauty of Toronto Islands. A 10-minute ferry ride from the city and you enter a place of parks, beaches, and niche cafes in a quiet, natural setting.

The lesson starts with a dry land portion. Your certified Paddle Canada SUP instructor will go over SUP board anatomy, theory, paddling techniques, water safety and weather. Once everyone is suited up, you'll head out onto the lake for your lesson.

On the water you will learn positioning on the board, paddling in a straight line, balance, turning and many other techniques to help you get the most out of your lesson.

At the end of the lesson you’ll have some free time for discovery and exploration.

Once back on shore, you'll be debriefed and sent on your way to enjoy the park, beach, or a meal at one of the Island’s local cafe's.

Learning to Stand Up Paddle Board is a unique experience that is gaining popularity around the world and Wards Island is Toronto’s premier SUP destination.

Experience highlights:

  • Learn SUP techniques: launching your board, from a dock or beach, paddling in a straight line, turning and more.
  • Enjoy time on the water amidst the Toronto Islands.
  • Private or group lesson options

What’s included:

  • SUP lesson with a certified Paddle Canada SUP Instructor
  • Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP), paddle, and life jacket (PFD);
  • Dry bag for valuables
  • Small group of up to 6 people.


  • Group Lesson:  June and September: Thursday – Sunday / July and August: Tuesday - Sunday
  • Private Lesson: June – September: Tuesday – Friday

Duration: 75 minutes


  • Take the Toronto Island ferry to Wards Island (not included). The Jack Layton Ferry terminal is located at the foot of Bay Street at Queens.
  • Weekday classes: Algonquin Bridge - Turn right off the ferry and walk for 4 minutes to the Algonquin Bridge.
  • Weekend classes: Wards Beach - Walk straight off the ferry to Wards Beach. Walk past the Wards Island Cafe, past the park and onto the beach.

Need to know:

  • No experience is necessary.
  • Minimum requirement for participation is the ability to swim short distances and tread water even without a lifejacket on.
  • All necessary equipment is provided.
  • Minimum age for participation is 12 years.
  • Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied and supervised by an adult participant authorised to do so by the guardian or legal parent.
  • Please bring a swimsuit, sunscreen, a towel, and water.
  • Please arrive changed and ready to go. There are public washroom facilities at the entrance to Wards Beach at the corner of Lakeshore Ave. and Fifth Street.
  • Arrive early to the ferry docks to ensure you get to the launch site on Wards Island on time.

Whether you are looking to try something new … on the water or for a unique gift experience this introductory Stand-up Paddleboard Lesson amidst the Toronto Islands is the way to go!


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