Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding is for everyone to enjoy and helps you experience nature.
Stand up paddle boarding is fun and anyone balance can do it. A great full-body workout good for all body shapes keeping you fit while promoting balance, coordination, core strength and endurance. It is a low impact sport and will leave you feeling balanced, energised and at-one with nature.
We have over 40 places around Auckland alone to explore; most involving journeys and what happens between is magic. Join us, come explore all the spaces you do not know about and get to know your place better.
Going through different techniques to navigate through water, you will learn the knowledge and skills to turn and maneuver with ease:
- paddling techniques; conserve energy and paddle faster for longer,
- use muscles in your whole body; not just your arms,
- learn water safety skills; build confidence to go further.
So, soak up the sun, see inspiring scenery from this unique vantage point of the water and master your stand up paddle boarding technique and learn everything you need to know about this endeavour.
Social Nature Movement prides itself in being an inclusive, environmentally-conscious Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding company. We emphasise a ‘leave no trace’ attitude and ‘sustainable coastlines’ approach. Through environmental sustainability, we explain, take action and empower you in making big differences by simply making good choices. By taking you outside on the water we hope to inspire to protect our ocean environment. With the help of our clients, in 2018 we removed over 200kg of rubbish from our Auckland waterways and beaches!
We value our surrounding beautiful environments and feel strong responsibilities ensuring active improvement and preservation. We reach remote places and are always looking at ways to minimise our impact on the wider-world.
We invest in buying quality Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding equipment ensuring use for as long as possible to reduce adverse effects.
Types of Stand Up Paddle (SuP) boarding
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding comes in many forms; one reason the sport has gained such widespread popularity. Each has its enthusiast and with one board and paddle you can do all the following:
Cruising – Surfing – Racing – River Riding – Exercising – Fishing
Get outside and on the water with this pursuit designed with everyone in mind!
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding introduction lessons
Learn from the best. Our instructors are International Surfing Association (ISA) certified and experienced. Whatever your experience, we have lessons to suit your needs.
Group Price: $49 / hour
Private / 1-on-1 Price: $59 / hour
I have never been Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding before.
No worries! Our introductory session will leave you feeling confident to stand up, paddle, turn and simply enjoy flat water SuPing. We’ll start with a ‘dry run’ where you will become familiar with the equipment and SuP safe practices. On the water we will go through different paddle strokes you can use to navigate through the water. We will teach you how to turn and maneuver the board with ease. You’ll learn a few warm-ups and cool-downs you can use too! Lessons run at your own pace, we will have you standing quickly and are happy to offer challenge by choice!
I have been Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding and want to improve.
Most of our students have been on a Stand Up Paddle Board before or on their own. Having a lesson can improve your enjoyment on the water. We can teach you paddling techniques that you can use to conserve energy and paddle faster and for longer. You can try hard and inflatable boards to see what works best for you. You will learn how to use the muscles in your whole body rather than just your arms, and even how you can use the SUP to strengthen your body. You’ll learn water safety skills that will build your confidence to go further out into the ocean with your SuP. This lesson can be done on flat water, waves, or a combination of both.
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding parties
If you are looking for an amazing time for your next group party, work function or outing, look no further than Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding! A paddle party is guaranteed to be an experience for everyone to remember.
Hens and stag parties, company or club functions, team building, birthdays, end of year celebrations…
Social Nature Movement can tailor everything for your party, transport, meals, drinks and even live music.
Price: $49 / hour
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding ecological tours and wildlife encounters
Nothing beats exploring new places with others. The Hauraki gulf and beyond offers a diverse ecosystem hosting a large and impressive array of flora and fauna.
Who knows what you will find. You will get a chance to encounter the most endangered bird in New Zealand; the 40-50 remaining Fairy Terns (‘Tara Iti’). It is not uncommon for us to encounter stingray, jellyfish, seals, dolphins, orcas, bioluminescence, fish, glow worms though we shall not spoil the rest...
Specifically on our Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding ecological tours and wildlife encounters we invest 10% of your booking to wildlife protection in local places!
Price: $89 / hour
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding Yoga and Fitness
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding functionally trains the entire body. Not only gaining core strength and balance, you strengthen your posterior chain and stabilise your legs. SuP Yoga may look difficult or scary but in reality it is fun and much easier than you think! Join a scheduled class or book a private session for you and your mates, team or colleges.
New to SuP Yoga? Join us for a fun and original way to enjoy the water without having to get wet. SuP Yoga improves your focus and sense of balance, and it's a perfect idea for team building, birthdays, bachelor(ette) parties or just to treat yourself to some relaxing time out.
Price: $29 / hour
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding wave surfing
Stand up Paddle (SuP) board surfing is our passion and it is actually a lot easier than you may think! We have many coastal spots with mellow to advanced waves perfect for your first or final ride. Surfing a wave is an exhilarating experience. Our surf sessions aim to increase confidence taking paddlers to the next level.
These cover preparation, safety, wave knowledge, rules and etiquette, crossing white waters and of course catching and riding waves. You will learn proper surf etiquette important for personal safety and other surfers that may be in the water with you.
Price: $69 / hour
Moonlight and bioluminescence Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding Tour
Primary and Secondary Schools
Students love learning adventurously through elements of authenticity, agency, mystery and mastery. We design our Education Outside the Classroom (EOtC) programs around the New Zealand curriculum and include fundamental features of Health and Physical education.
Social Nature Movement has years of experience teaching students years 1-13 and we can deliver NZQA education qualifications at levels one, two and three.
Below is an example of an assessment form for NZQA 91330 "perform a physical activity in an applied setting".
A2 Regular physical activity – introducing Stand Up Paddle Boarding as an enjoyable and tangible physical activity that kids may incorporate into their personal lifestyle, or even develop into a career pathway. Paddle skills are transferable to other water sports.
A3 Safety management – understanding risks associated with the ocean and other bodies of water, especially in regards to the weather, and how to stay safe, i.e proper fitting of a life jacket, survival swimming and sun smarts.
B1 Movement skills – SUP requires many motor skills such as balance and paddling. Learning these motor skills gives kids confidence to participate in many other water based sports.
C3 Interpersonal skills – the XL SUP’s we use take a group of 6-8 kids at once. We encourage the kids to mix with different peers and we coach them to work as a team and make safe choices for themselves and others in this unique setting.
D2 Community resources – these days allow the students to investigate a readily available resource (oceans/lakes) that can be used to promote group involvement and enhance well being of self and others.
Price: $59 / hour
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding School Holiday Programmes
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding is great as a holiday activity for school children. We run a programme every holiday. The emphasis is on fun, skill development and exploration.
Safety is first for us. Our instructors are International Surfing Association (ISA) certified and experienced, first aid providers and police vetted. Our equipment is tested and maintained.
Our ‘Water Safety’ programme has three main learning outcomes:
- Self; on, in and around water,
- Others; inclusion, team building and leadership,
- Place; fostering a respectful relationship with our watery backyard.
Design and Deliver Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding
We know you are unique, therefore we do not have set itineraries for our tours. We will work with you, designing supreme journey.
available for group and multi-lesson bookings.
Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding tour locations
- Goat Island
- Orakei Basin
- Auckland Mangroves
Clothing and Equipment for all Stand up Paddle (SuP) boarding
- Wetsuit (winter)
- Warm change of clothes
- Snacks and drinks
We are members of New Zealand Stand up Paddle Boarding:
Higher Performance Coaching
Transcend your passion and go further with us
These performance training sessions will prepare you for the more extreme aspects of Stand up paddle (SuP) boarding and bigger challenges by helping you to become a more efficient paddler and build your overall knowledge and skill set. Sessions could include: refining specific paddling techniques, paddling efficiency, essential skills (buoy turns, moving on board etc), beach starts, nutrition and developing a training strategy, practice drills (“homework”), paddling out through the waves, wave catching stances, riding bumps (and how to catch more bumps more often), safety in open ocean paddling, surf etiquette and much more. You will learn the latest secrets and how to train more effectively, become prepared for high demands of racing, establish realistic and challenging goals, build a training plan and get ongoing support in successfully reaching your goals!
"Enjoy all the small things along the way".