Year-round, but peak season is September through April
Long Island is just a short subway ride from New York City
1 – 3 hours
Beginner to Intermediate
Learn to paddleboard with lessons on Long Island
Stand-up paddling is the most relaxing workout you’ll ever do. Escape the bustling city life and hit the water alone or with a group of friends. Once you get the hang of the basics, you can pick your own paddling pace. With experienced instructors and a budding paddleboard community, make Long Island your go-to spot for weekend water fun.
Most Popular Itineraries
Private SUP Lesson
Build up your confidence, strengthen your body, and enjoy a day on the water learning all the pro tips and tricks from a private instructor. You’ll master the basics and have the knowledge you need to continue developing your skills on your own.
Group SUP Lesson
The only thing more fun than a day paddling on the water is doing it with a group of friends. Bring your three favourite people and let a private instructor introduce you to the world of paddling, all while staying safe, having fun and making new memories with your pals.
Advanced Group SUP Tour
If you already know how to stand and paddle, a SUP tour is a great way to explore the Long Island shoreline with a group of friends or family. The tour is tailored to your group’s skill level, so you can relax and spend a few hours exploring the best paddling spots that Long Island has to offer — all while getting a great workout.
Guides we recommend
Long Island SUP
Long Island SUP
Things you need to know
Why should I book with 57hours?
With us, it’s all play and no work for you! 57hours is an open platform that connects you with trained and certified outdoor adventure professionals all over the world. Using our tech-savvy, we make it super easy to find and book adventures worth tackling, with guides worth booking, all gathered from the first-hand experiences of the locals who adventure in these amazing locations.
Why should I go stand up paddling?
Stand up paddling is the perfect mix of physical activity and relaxation. It’s immensely fun, and you also benefit from a full-body workout. We guarantee you’ll be feeling it in your core the next day. Are you an avid surfer? SUP is going to increase your strength and balance, improve your paddling technique, and make you a better surfer overall.
What you get in this adventure:
- SUP lesson with experienced surf instructor
- Stand up paddleboard
Paddleboard, paddles, and wetsuits can be used after the lesson for an additional rental fee. Let us know in the booking process if you are interested in this option. Your instructor will call you after the booking to arrange the details.
What to expect from hiring a SUP instructor?
Paddleboarding is about striking the right combination of balance, strength and movement. Most people find success standing up and paddling with a little practice and patience. However, if you want to master the basics quickly and spend more time on the water, you should consider hiring an instructor. Not only are you going to progress faster, you’ll learn to avoid potential injuries and stay safe on the water.
What should I bring to the beach?
Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, water, snacks and good vibes — we’ll take care of the rest.
What if I’ve never Stand Up Paddled before?
SUP doesn’t discriminate. You don’t have to be in especially good shape to enjoy your paddle session. In fact, it’s a great way of getting in shape. Most people master the basics in an hour and a half. Once you learn how to hold your paddle and stroke properly, there’ll be nothing stopping you from enjoying the gentle Long Beach waves.
What's a typical lesson itinerary?
Your instructor will start by making sure you’re comfortable with the basics before you even hit the water, like how to hold your paddle correctly and exactly what to do if you lose your balance. In an hour-and-a-half, you can expect to successfully stand up on your board and have the confidence to practice on your own later.
How good of a swimmer do I need to be?
No one expects you to swim like you’re in the Olympics, but you need to be comfortable in the water. You should be able to keep your head above water and know how to tread. While paddleboarding isn’t as physically straining as other water sports, it does require some balance and core strength, and you should expect to fall in the water at least once while you’re learning the ropes.
For kids who are not very good swimmers, we recommend a one-on-one private lesson. They will be kept in shallow water with the constant and complete attention of an expert SUP instructor.
What should I do if I wear contact lenses?
Disposable contact lenses are the best option for water sports. Otherwise, you can wear an old pair and close your eyes tightly when underwater. Either way, consider wearing swimming goggles to avoid losing your contacts.
Is there a minimum age requirement?
If your party has kids younger than age 5, contact us before booking. Otherwise, you’re good to go!
What about group sizes and pricing?
You have three options:
- Private 1.5 hour lesson with a SUP instructor for 95$
- Group lesson up to 16 people for 75$ per person
- Group tour up to 8 people for 200$ per person.
If joining alone, you’ll be placed with peers that share a similar level of experience.
What about bad weather?
SUP instructors are prepared for almost anything Mother Nature can throw at them, and you’ll find yourself paddling in most weather conditions. However, if any significant threats to your safety begin to appear, such as thunderstorms or unmanageable waves, your instructor will not hesitate to reschedule your adventure for a more favorable day. Our own 57hours team can confirm that’s rarely the case, though. If you’re really eager, you can get lessons rain or shine, but we have to admit, the beach and sun go hand in hand together, so check the weather forecast!
All policies regarding cancellation, rescheduling and trip insurance will be clearly laid out by your guide prior to booking your adventure. Contact us if you’d like more information on a specific adventure.
Getting there and meeting location
The exact location for your SUP lesson on Long Island will be given after the booking process. Just be sure to arrive about 15 minutes early so you can check-in and start your lesson on time.
To reach Long Island by train from NYC, head to Penn Station from midtown Manhattan or Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn. The Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) crosses the entire island, with stops in almost every community.
If traveling by car, take I-495E (BQE) to Exit 22A, heading south on I-678/Grand Central Parkway. At Exit 1, merge onto NY-878E/Nassau Expressway. There is free street parking throughout the area.