Paddle Boarding Lessons

Discover Paddleboarding: Lessons for All Skill Levels

Welcome to our Paddle Boarding Lessons! Whether you’re a beginner looking to master the basics or an experienced paddler aiming to refine your technique, our expert certified ACA instructors are here to guide you. With a focus on safety, fun, and skill development, our lessons offer a dynamic and rewarding experience for paddlers of all levels. 

Beginner Kayaking Classes – Coming Summer 2024

Starting this summer we will be offering kayaking lessons and workshops.

Be sure to check back later!

Meeting under the Riverbound Sports tent before the Canyon Lake group SUP lesson and paddleboard fitness class with Pam.

Paddle Boarding

Lessons – Group

📅 Available Year-Round

🕐 90 Minutes 

 👨‍👧‍👦 Up to 5 People Per Instructor 


Join us for group paddle boarding lessons, perfect for bonding with friends, and family, or meeting new paddlers while learning this exciting water sport. Our experienced instructors will guide your group through personalized instruction, ensuring a fun and rewarding experience. for all skill levels.


🔹 All Paddling Gear Provided
🔹 Land Basics on on the Water Skills
🔹 Experienced & Certified Instructors



$90.00 Per Person

Two ladies at Saguaro Lake learning how to paddleboard. Riverbound Paddle Company SUP Lessons

Paddle Boarding

Lessons – Private

📅 Available Year-Round

🕐 90 Minutes  

 👨‍👧‍👦 1 on 1 Lesson / Skill Training 


Experience personalized instruction and undivided attention with our private paddle boarding lessons. Perfect for individuals or small private groups seeking tailored guidance, our expert instructors will help you master paddle boarding skills at your own pace and comfort level.


🔹 Perfect for Beginners or Specialized Training
🔹 Tailored to Fit Your Training Needs
🔹 Experienced & Certified Instructors



$120.00 Per Person

A group of kayakers paddling the Salt River in Mesa, Arizona with Riverbound Sports Kayak Rentals

Kayaking Lessons

Beginner – Group

📅 Available Year-Round

🕐 90 Minutes 

 👨‍👧‍👦  Up to 5 People Per Instructor


Learn kayaking with our beginner’s lessons, designed to introduce newcomers to the fundamentals in a supportive environment. Led by experienced instructors, you’ll learn essential paddling techniques and safety protocols, for confidence on the water.


🔹 Kayaks and Paddle Gear Provided
🔹 Class is designed for the Beginner Kayaker
🔹 Experienced & Certified Instructors



$90.00 Per Person

About Riverbound Sports and Our Instructors:

Explore with confidence alongside our knowledgeable paddle instructors, certified by the American Canoe Association (ACA) and equipped with CPR and comprehensive on-water safety training. Your safety and enjoyment are our top priorities as we navigate the waters, ensuring a memorable and secure adventure for all.

Riverbound Sports is a permanent outfitter through the Tonto National Forest and has been exploring the Phoenix area waterways for over 25 years.

Let us help you learn to paddle or learn new techwith our workshops and lessons. Call for information at (480) 463-6686.

WPA, World Paddle Association black and blue logo
NASM, National Academy of Sports Medicine in blue and white
ACA paddlesports organization logo.
PaddleFit Certified instructor logo

What people are saying about us

2017 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2018 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2019 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2020 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for Riverbound Sports Rentals
2021 TripAdvisor Travelers' Choice Award for Riverbound Sports Rentals
Tripadvisor Travelers Choice award 2022. Riverbound Sports Paddle Company kayaking and paddle boarding tours.

We had such a great time taking a paddle board lesson 

We had such a great time taking a paddle board lesson out at Saguaro Lake. Teri brought everything we needed and gave us great instruction. Even my 11 year old picked up on it quickly.

Thank you, Teri, for teaching us and making it such a great experience. We will definitely be return customers.

~ Wendy M


A fantastic lesson with Teri!

A fantastic lesson with Teri! I learned so much and gained so much more confidence. I’m excited to participate in some of the community events they host!

~ Kelley C

I highly recommend taking a lesson from Riverbound

My boyfriend and I took a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) lesson from Robert at Saguaro Lake and had a fabulous experience. Robert was very thorough in his instruction and patient with us newbies. He shared safety tips and the basics of how to mount, sit, kneel, stand, and actually paddle!

If you’re considering SUP, I highly recommend taking a lesson from Riverbound to get started. We anticipate purchasing paddleboards and diving into this popular sport

~ Susan K

Lessons FAQs

Reservations are required for all prior to the day of the lesson.  For questions or help booking a lesson, call us at (480) 463-6686.

Paddle boarding lessons are perfect for families. We offer paddling lessons to children 8 years of age and older. 


Each person is different, depending on your stability and comfort on the water. Our instructors have had years of experience teaching paddlers just learning to paddleboard. Let your Riverbound instructor know any concerns you have or limitations. In most cases, we can adjust some of the techniques to help.


We do offer different size paddleboards. One size doesn’t fit everyone and you should be fit with the appropriate gear to ensure the best learning opportunity. 

To ensure we provide the right gear on the day of your lesson, please provide your height and weight and any limitations.

We have had many customers ask about purchasing the boards used in our SUP lessons. 

We have a couple of different boards we use for our lessons and have them available for purchase in our Tempe store location and you receive 10% off your first bord purchase. 

At the end of your lessons if you feel your instructor did an outstanding job and provided you with an exceptional experience please note that tipping your instructor is not expected but is greatly appreciated! 

While we feel that gratuity is a very personal decision and should reflect the level of service you receive, we are often asked to provide guidelines.

Your instructor is extremely hardworking and committed to providing you with the best service possible. A gratuity of 15-20% is customary and deeply appreciated. It is acceptable to offer cash or ask your instructor or our shop staff how you can tip!

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