Learn To Stand Up Paddle board On The Cooper River

If you’re looking to learn how to stand up paddle board, Crosswater SUP is your best choice for stand up paddle board lessons in South Jersey and the Philadelphia area.

We provide you with top-quality, enthusiastic, supportive instruction from experienced stand up paddle board instructors. Your first lesson will be in a safe, calm-water environment where you’ll learn the basics — from how to use your equipment properly and water safety, to balance and paddling technique. You’ll have the benefit of starting out right and getting a solid understanding of the fundamentals.

Philadelphia's Top Paddleboarding Instructor

Crosswater SUP owner John Gancarz performing a pivot turn on an Earth River SUP stand up paddleboard

John Gancarz is a lifelong waterman with over 15 years of sailing and water safety experience. After teaching himself how to fish from a stand up paddle board, John acquired his L1 SUP certification from the World Paddle Association in 2016 and began teaching SUP lessons for Surf Reston in Virginia. Two years later he acquired his L2 SUP certification from the American Canoe Association and opened up his own SUP school Crosswater SUP.

John’s passion for teaching others how to SUP is infectious and his enthusiasm and love of sharing the stoke will turn you into a lifelong paddler!

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Intro to SUP

Learn to Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) from certified instructors on calm, flat water – the perfect place to begin and learn new skills. 

FROM $39

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We offer SUP classes on Saturdays & Sundays during the following times.

  • Intro to SUP: 9AM - 11AM
  • Intro to SUP: 11AM - 1PM
  • Intro to SUP: 1PM - 3PM
  • Intro to SUP: 3PM - 5PM
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