Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons

Learn to SUP along the Santa Barbara Coastline with stunning views of the American Riviera!
Paddle Board Lessons include paddleboard, paddle, wetsuit, & 90 minutes of private instruction.

Stand Up Paddle Board Lessons – Santa Barbara

  • 1 Person SUP Lesson: $105 / person
  • 2 Person SUP Lesson: $85 / person
  • 3-5 Person SUP Lesson: $75 / person
  • 6+  Person SUP Lesson: $65 / person

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Start Times: 9am & 11am

Why only in the morning? Paddle board lessons are much easier in the morning when the wind tends to be more calm. The ocean water will often times be more calm in the morning. Our number one goal is to provide a fun experience and 9am and 11am are most conducive to a quality lesson experience.

If you and your group can only paddle board in the afternoon feel free to give us a call at 805-628-2444.


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Stand Up Paddle Board Location

West Beach

West Beach is located between the historic Stearns Wharf and Santa Barbara Harbor. From this beach we have quick access to touring the harbor, viewing the sea lions at the quarter mile buoy and taking a closer look under the pier!

West beach is a fan favorite with so much to see and its tranquil waters make for a great experience. This is the easiest spot to paddle board in town and when finished you’re right downtown for food and shopping.

Our West Beach location is open everyday May - September and by reservation in other seasons.

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Looking to master your stand up paddle skills? Join us at Cal Coast Adventures in beautiful Santa Barbara and let us help you get the training and rentals you want. We offer stand up paddle board lessons and paddle board rentals from our West Beach location in the heart of Santa Barbara. Lessons are private so you or your group will have their own guide/instructor.

We teach our paddle board lessons at West Beach as it is the most protected area to launch from and has the calmest water conditions for learning. We also have an hourly rental stand there for those that would just like to rent a stand up paddle board while visiting Santa Barbara.

Our experienced staff have their eyes constantly on the weather and will be able to assure you the conditions are optimal for the day of your lesson. Lessons include a stand up paddle board, paddle, and wet suit rental upon request for 90 minutes of private instruction.

For lessons, our knowledgeable staff will take you through the proper paddling technique, offer balance tips, and paddle out with you on the water for support and advice. You’re likely to see seals, fish, and possibly dolphins swim by you as you paddle.

Our stand up paddle (SUP) tours are leisurely and can be quite calming in the serene waters of Santa Barbara. For those more aggressive paddlers, our instructors will adapt the lesson to ensure sure you get that full-body workout you’re looking for. If you’re the adventure-seeking type we include surfing with our SUP lessons in Santa Barbara as well.

Cal Coast Adventures specializes in large group SUP instruction and rentals as well as private SUP lessons throughout Santa Barbara.

Schedule Today! Call for custom events!
(805) 628-2444.

Our Stand Up Paddle Boards:


Amudson Hawaii 11’6″ SUP

Length: 11’6″
Width: 30″
Thickness: 4 1/8″
Fins:2 + 1 or Quad


Bic Ace Tec 10’6

Length: 10’6″
Width: 31’5”
Volume: 185L

surftech lido paddle board lessons

Surftech Lido 10'6

Length: 10’6″
Width: 32″
Volume: 236L


NSP SUP 10’2”

Length: 10’2″
Width: 32″
Thickness: 4 7/8″
Fins: 9″ Center FCS
M3 sides

Meet Your Guide

stand up paddleboard instructors

John Calforda

Surf & SUP Instructor

I am a recent graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara. I grew up in northern California in the Napa Valley and found my love for adventure/action sports through skateboarding and snowboarding. I still enjoy them both, but when I moved to Santa Barbara I found surfing and haven’t really looked back since! Now, I work as a surf instructor for SB Fitness Tours / Santa Barbara Surf School. and through teaching lessons I have seen many others experience the same joy and sense of fulfillment that I have felt in my surfing, and I highly recommend anyone who is curious to come and feel it for themselves!

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