Stand up paddleboarding is easy and fun to learn. Our instructor will begin with a short land-based training session, then expand upon the lesson on the water. Within a couple hours, you can expect to become comfortable paddling through the water and standing on a board. Lessons include overview of the region, how to read tide charts and weather patterns to maximize enjoyment.
To put it simply, we are the local experts. NVP is proud to have played a key-role in the “activation” of the Napa River as a recreational destination. We’ve been operating on the river since the inception of recreation here and know the waterways, tidal influences and weather patterns intimately. Napa Valley Paddle has been in operation since 2012.
We also support our community by offering donations, SUP demos and races throughout the year that benefit various local organizations, including the Ohana Wa'a Outrigger Canoe Club, Napa Valley Yacht Club and Napa County Parks & Recreation.
We have a strong environmental commitment and support several conservation activities.
Due to the nature of our business and the demand for our tours and rentals, we require 24 hours notice to cancel your RENTAL reservation. Cancellations made within 24 hours may be eligible for partial refund. Those who do not show up to their tours forfeit the full tour or rental fee.
GUIDED and SELF GUIDED TRIPS require 72-hour cancellation due to transportation and staffing considerations.
A majority of our adventures and rentals launch from the Napa Valley Yacht Club *public ramp at 100 Riverside Dr. Plenty of parking and immediate access to the river – you can be on the water in minutes! Simply park outside the white fence and find us at the top of the concrete boat ramp.
Our one-way, self guided trips launch from Kennedy Park (2398 Streblow Dr ) or Carneros (6 Cuttingwharf Rd). Please remember you are responsible for arranging a short UBER ride for our one way trips, or leave a car at the finish. UBER & LYFT are readily available. Often, our guests will finish at the Main Street Dock particularly in the afternoon if winds pick up. Main Street Dock Riverfront Plaza 700 Main St Napa, CA 94559.
NVP does not currently offer shuttle service for one-way trips.
If selecting our one-way trips, you'll need to leave a vehicle at the finish location or arrange for a short (7-10 minute) Uber or Lyft. Both services are readily available from all finish locations.
Contact us by phone or text at 707-200-5511 with any questions and to help plan the most convenient option for your outing.
Stand Up Paddle Boarding, also known as SUP, is a low impact sport that involves standing on a large board and propelling yourself forward through water with a paddle. The sport originated in Hawaii. In the 60's, the Waikiki beach boys modernized the sport by heading out to the lineup while standing on thick longboards and paddling with canoe paddles to take photos of tourists. The sport experienced a resurgence in the early 2000's when big wave surfers Laird Hamilton, Dave Kalama, Brian Keaulana, Bruce DeSoto and Mel Puu used SUP to cross-train in the off season when the waves were flat on Oahu and Maui. Since then, the sport has shown tremendous growth and popularity on most oceans, lakes and rivers.
Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great full-body workout and is known for strengthening the core muscles (back, abs and legs), improving balance and coordination. SUP is also a great way to explore your local river or lake or coastline. SUP's low impact to the environment makes it ideal for sightseeing, birdwatching and exploring other wildlife from a completely different perspective than on land.