Stand Up Paddle Lessons in Miami

Sobe Surf offers stand-up paddle surfing lessons and instruction in Miami for all ages, skill levels, and abilities. We'll make sure you have that amazing experience of catching your first wave, and will help you build on that to become more proficient in the water.

For stand up paddle lessons in Cocoa Beach, please visit our Cocoa Beach page!


Why Choose Us?

Sobe Surf was the first surfing school in the Miami area to have offered stand-up paddle surfing lessons. Our instructors have the most experience of any around and are the area authorities on stand-up paddle surfing. (Check out our line of boards if you are not convinced.) And we love sharing that enthusiasm with others. Whether you're a beginner who wants to catch a wave for the first time or an experienced paddle surfer who wants to improve your own abilities, you'll have an outstanding experience that will last a lifetime!

Sobe Surf will provide you with the best instruction and all the equipment you'll need (e.g. stand-up paddle boards/surfboards, paddles and leashes). You'll learn important techniques in all phases of stand-up paddle surfing and ocean safety before entering the water, followed by attentive coaching while in the ocean.

  • Complementary guidance about boards, equipment recommendations, and further advice is always included.
  • Our instructors have years of experience on the water.
  • All experience levels are welcome!

Our instructors are insured and certified, and they maintain the highest reputation in providing a fun, healthy, positive, and safe stand-up paddle surfing experience for our customers.

Our SUP Lesson Location

Our SUP Lessons are held on 17th street of Miami Beach on the Intercostal Waterway. The 10 foot deep emerald colored water is protected by almost any wind direction and serves as Miami’s finest paddle boarding location. The canals through the “Sunset Islands” are where we spend most of the lesson as we observe gorgeous real estate and marine life. Manatees, dolphins, tarpon, and a plethora of marine birds often grace us with their presence during tours.

The Lesson

Our SUP lessons are 1.5 hours long and all the equipment is provided. The lesson starts with "ground school" where proper technique is demonstrated and practiced for a few minutes to establish muscle memory. You'll also learn a few important launching techniques before getting in the water. After about 5 minutes on land, the remainder of the lesson is spent in the water. We will critique form and paddling technique for the first part of the lesson. The remainder of the time will be spent touring through the islands with your guide.

Our lessons are exclusive to private groups or individuals (no public or split groups). We give personal instruction that is either private (1 on 1 with the instructor) or exclusive to your group of 2 or more. We can accommodate up to 10 individuals for standard lessons. Please contact us for more than 10 person lessons.

Number of people Price Duration
1 (private lesson) $120 1.5 hours
2 or more $70/person 1.5 hours

Where Do We Meet?

We do not have a storefront because we offer services at different locations. Our boards are kept in storage and the instructor will drive out and meet you on 17th street and Purdy Avenue during the scheduled appointment time. The exact address with landmarks will be clearly written in your “confirmation email.” Lessons are held by appointment only (we do not accept walkups).

* NOTE: Parking can be difficult on Miami. It is best to park at least 10-20 minutes before the lesson time. If we have consecutive lessons, tardiness might result in less time on the water. Always feel free to call your instructor if you are lost or need directions. We are here to help.

What To Bring

Belongings can be left in your instructor’s vehicle for the lesson. It has never happened before but we are not responsible for theft of personal belongings. Bathing suits, a towel, a cell phone (if available), and enough payment for the lesson (if applicable) and gratuity is all that you need. We accept cash or credit and gratuity of 10-20% are always appreciated, if appropriate.

Cancellation Policy

Payment (deposits or full payment) will only refunded if cancellation occurs with at least 48 hours advanced notice or if cancellation occurs due to severe weather. If credit card information was placed on file, we will charge full price for the scheduled lesson in the event of a no-show or if cancellation occurs within 48 hours.

Severe weather cancellations are at the discretion of Sobe Surf and its staff. Otherwise, lessons will be held as scheduled in all safe conditions. We will charge for the full price agreed upon during booking and included in the confirmation email. No-shows or last minute decreases in the number of surfers will not decrease lesson price.

Testimonials

Here are a few from others who have taken surfing lessons with SoBe Surf...

"I was on the beach one day when I noticed a group of surfers standing on a board with a paddle. Very intriguing, I thought to myself. Minutes later, Girard introduced himself to me and gave me some information about paddle surfing. I was a bit hesitant at first, especially since I am a weak swimmer. I finally said yes. And, that turned out to be one of the greatest decisions of my life. Girard took his time and was patient when instructing me. Before I knew it, I was paddling on my own! I realized how amazing of an experience it was for me so I decided I wanted to pass on that awesome feeling to others. My company granted me some funds to do something charitable or to give back to the community. Instantly, Girard and I spoke and agreed to gather a group of foster youths for a day of paddle surfing. By this point, Girard's teaching had allowed me to gain enough confidence to teach the youths. It was truly a wonderful, heartwarming experience - both for me and for the youths. All I know is that I want a board and a paddle and a body of water to use it in." — Avril

Read more reviews on our Testimonials and Reviews page »

Questions & Inquiries

Call us at (786) 216-7703 or send us an e-mail to get further information on surf lessons, stand up paddle lessons, board rentals and stand up paddle tours in Miami.