FAQ

I’ve heard about stand up paddle (SUP) but where can I do it?
You can stand up paddle in just about any body of water. Here in Barrie there are many different possibilities. From protected bays, to open lakes, rivers, streams and ponds. If the water is deep enough for the board and fin then you can paddle it!.

Can I really learn how to SUP?
Anyone can learn to stand up paddle! It really is easier than it looks. If you can walk on land and have a hint of balance, then you should be able to walk on water.

Do you offer demos?
At Northern SUP we will be doing a couple of free demo programs over the summer to let people try out stand up paddling. Check our events page or follow our Facebook all the latest updates.
If you want to give a board a more thorough test you can rent them at standard rates. If you purchase the board the cost of the demo rental will be deducted from the price of the board.

What is SUP Yoga & SUP Pilates?
In SUP Yoga and SUP Pilates one does basically the same things they would do on their mat in the studio but on a stand up paddle board floating in a body of water. This adds a little bit more of a challenge and also gets you out of the studio and onto the water surrounded by nature!

What should I bring?
Bring yourself, a bathing suit, a towel, some sun block, water, a snack and other sun protection like a hat or rash guard.

Can kids SUP to?
Kids can paddle! Smaller children (generally under 8yrs) can sit on the board and have their parents paddle them around. Older kids should have no problem paddling themselves.

What’s your cancellation policy?
All classes, lessons and rentals must be paid in full at time of booking. Our lessons are not canceled for fog, rain or a chilly day. We will be going in the water and getting wet. We will only cancel if the conditions are not suitable for paddling (because of lightning or wind conditions). Because we keep the classes limited to 10 rental boards, it is important that you notify us of a cancellation 24 hours before the class start time so that someone else can take your place or you will forfeit your lesson or rental fee.
To cancel your class, please send us an email (please don’t call by phone) telling us the day and time of the class you wish to cancel — and if you would like to reschedule or receive a refund.

I’ve never been on a stand up paddle board. Will I fall in?
Maybe.  Falling in happens…on paddle boards, on the Earth, in life. Our exploration lifts off when we touch down and observe the mind’s tendencies when falling happens. The practice is to jump back onto the board and give every movement, every breath 100%.

I’ve never tried yoga before. Will the postures be accessible?
One of the many beauties of yoga is that each practitioner is free to take things at their own pace. If you remain mindful of your breath while laying down for the entire class, you will still be in perfect practice. That being said, classes have been designed to be accessible to all levels, giving newer practitioners options to ease into postures and seasoned yogis and yoginis modifications to deepen postures, affording everyone the opportunity to kiss their ever-changing edge of challenge.

I’m not yet in the best shape. Is this a lot of core work?
It is a lot of core work…and, you can do it! We find that building a strong and flexible body and mind are the side effects of enjoying movement melded with breath on Lake Simcoe. By being completely in the moment, surrounded by nature and your supportive peers, you will gain a strong core without meaning to. How’s that for accidentally on purpose?!

Do I need to know how to swim?
Yes. Because the body needs to move freely on the board, we do not wear life vests or the board’s ankle leash during the yoga practice portion of class. If you fall in, you must be able to tread water, swim back to your board and climb back on…and, smile (if you’re into the advanced version of the Fall In posture).

What should I wear?
If not opting for a wet suit, comfortable, stretchy layers are the way to go on chillier days. When the much-welcomed sun is warming up Barrie, kissing the shore goodbye in a swimsuit is the thing to do. We recommend a few downward facing dogs in the mirror at home to ensure your comfort and modesty needs are met.

How early do I need to meet at the water on the day of my class?
On the day of your class, please arrive 15 minutes before your start time. We want to make sure that there is plenty of time to coordinate gear, suit up — and still get a full hour and a half on the water.

Is it alright if I bring my camera?
Of course. We ask that you check in with the group before taking pictures that might include others. Northern SUP is not responsible for lost or damaged personal items. Please take every precaution to keep your camera safe and well on the water.

Where can I leave my valuables while I’m out on the water?
Please leave your most valued valuables at home and lock the rest in your car. You are welcome to leave your car keys in the Northern SUP equipment trailer that will be locked during class. Northern SUP are not responsible for loss or damage to personal items.

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