Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the clinic from start to finish?
The clinics last 3 to 4 hours.
What time does the clinic start?
The start time of each clinic is based on the tide schedule and weather forecast for the day of the session. We will email you the start time of your clinic.
Are there any age limits to attend?
Paddlers must be at least 15 years of age.
What skill level is required to attend?
Our clinics are intended for beginners to advanced paddlers. We paddle in locations around the island where the water conditions are calm with minimal current and wind. The clinics are not recommended for first-time paddlers. Amelia Island Paddle Surf Co. offers first-timer lessons.
Where are the clinics held?
Locations are chosen on and around Amelia Island based on the tide and weather conditions the day of the clinic. This helps ensure the water conditions are calm with minimal current and wind.
Do I need to bring my own equipment?
No, just let us know and we will have a board, paddle, leash, and PFD ready for you. You are welcome to bring your own equipment.
Can I bring my own board and paddle?
Yes, just make sure your board is equipped with a leash (preferrably coiled) and that you have a PFD and marine safety whistle. If you do not have all the necessary equipment just let us know in advance and we will get you set up.
How long will we be on the water?
We will be on the water about 2 to 2.5 hours – this includes breaks and stops along the way. Overall the paddling is at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to rest. We also stop along the way to conduct a variety of paddle boarding drills e.g., strokes, turning, foot work.
How far (distance) is the paddle?
We have no set distance. We are on the water about 2 to 2.5 hours which includes paddling, performing a variety of drills to improve your skills, and rest stops to hydrate and enjoy the natural beauty of Amelia Island.
How physically demanding is the clinic?
The clinic involves a combination of land based instruction and on water paddling and drills. The paddling is done at a leisurely pace with plenty of time to rest. We make every effort to paddle on calm water with minimal current and wind. The objective of the clinic is to have fun, to improve your paddling technique and to enjoy the natural beauty of Amelia Island. It is not a race or fast paced, long distance paddle.
How many other paddlers are in the group?
To ensure an adequate level of personal coaching each session is limited to 10 to 12 paddlers.
What do I need to wear?
Dress to be on and in the water for several hours – swim suit, water shirt, hat, sunscreen, flip flops or water shoes (for use at launch spot), sunglasses (and strap).
What do I need to bring anything to eat or drink to stay hydrated?
We provide a bottle of water. You are welcome to bring your own (non-alcoholic) beverages or hydration system and snacks if you feel they are necessary.
Can I bring my child or small dog on my board with me?
No, this is not permitted for safety reasons.
Can I bring my family and friends to watch?
Sure, but this is not recommended. The bulk of the session is done on the water and out of view of the launch spot. The best time to see family and friends is before and after the session.
What do we do about bad weather?
As you know Florida weather can be quite finicky. Your safety is our first priority. We do not paddle in lighting or heavy winds. We will paddle in the rain. We closely monitor the weather and will make a decision to cancel or delay a session. In the event we cancel a session due to weather you are eligible for a full refund.
When are the clinics offered (scheduled)?
Clinics are offered on a limited basis on weekends. Please click the "Book Now" button for specific dates.