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Give it a go!

Stand up and Paddle

Discover the allure of Stand Up Paddleboarding as a relaxing way to enjoy the water - getting wet mostly optional!  Stand Up Paddleboards or SUP's are like surfboards but generally bigger and use a 1 ended paddle to propel them in calm water. With a bit of balance and a few tips you'll be exploring in no time.  Remember to check the tides when planning your fun!

Paddle for Fun

Types of Paddleboard

Paddleboard in calm water at Theodolite Creek.  Credit: Tourism and Events Queensland

We have rigid Paddleboards and Inflatable ones for hire.  The rigid ones are super stable and less prone to wind and tide drifting.  The Inflatable ones are great to fold away and transport to the best spot if you don't have a ute or trailer.  

Kids paddleboards get the kids involved whether standing, kneeling or lying on them, and are rated up to 70kg.


Check out the best place to paddleboard on a given day here


Adult Hire

Rigid Paddleboard

Includes: Paddleboard, Paddle, Leg rope, Wheels, Lifevest. Pump if hiring an inflatable board.


1-2 hours $30

Extra Hour $10

Full day $100

2 days $160

3 days $210

Extra day $50

 Booking fee of 6% applies. 

 Pickup from the vicinity of Third Ave and the Esplanade. Delivery $10 or free for hires over $100 - delivery available weekends only and most of the holidays - call to check before booking. 

Kids Hire

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  Includes: Inflatable Paddleboard, Paddle, Leg rope,  lifevest and Pump.


1-2 hours $24

Extra Hour $8

Full day $80

2 days $96

3 days $126

Extra day $40

 Booking fee of 6% applies. 

 Pickup from the vicinity of Third Ave and the Esplanade. Delivery $10 or free for hires over $100 - delivery available weekends only and most of the holidays - call to check before booking. 

Getting Started

Basics in print

Here are some basic starter tips from the REI Co-op guys
How to stand up on your SUP: 

  • Stand alongside the board in about knee-deep water (just deep enough that the fins on the board don’t hit the bottom).
  • Hold the board by the edges and work your way onto the board in a kneeling position, just behind the center point of the board (you can quickly locate the center of the board by finding the carry handle).
  • Keep your hands on the sides of the board to stabilize it and move one foot at a time to place your feet where your knees were.
  • Rather than standing up in one motion, start by raising your chest up while keeping your knees bent. Once your chest is vertical, extend your legs to stand up.

Staying Balanced on a SUP: 

  • Position your feet so they are parallel, about hip-width distance apart, and centered between the edges of the board.
  • Keep your toes pointed forward, knees slightly bent and your back straight.
  • Keep your head and shoulders steady and upright, and shift your weight by moving your hips.
  • Your gaze should be level at the horizon. Avoid staring at your feet.

Falling and getting back on: 

Despite your best efforts to stay balanced on your board, you’re going to fall in the water at some point. Remember that SUP is a watersport, so it’s okay to get wet. For those inevitable times when you lose your balance:

  • Aim yourself to the side, so that you fall into the water and not onto the board. Falling onto the board is more likely to cause an injury.
  • Try to hang onto your paddle while falling. If you get separated from it, retrieve your board first and get back on, then paddle with your hands to get the paddle.

To get back on your SUP after falling off:

  • Position yourself next to your board and near the center.
  • Grab the handle at the center of the board with one hand.
  • Let your legs float up to the surface behind you, then kick your legs while pulling on the handle to slide yourself onto the board.

Check out more useful tips

Learn at your own pace on a SUP
Learn at your own pace on a SUP

Tide Charts for the year

Theodolite Creek is great for learning 2 hours either side of high tide, or explore upstream on an incoming tide and return on an outgoing tide.

Tide Chart 2019 (pdf)

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Tide Chart 2020 (pdf)

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