One of the fastest growing watersports in the World, Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP) is a great way to explore many bodies of water, from a lake, to the ocean, to a moving river. People of all ages and skill levels can be standing up and paddling their first day on the water. Our boards range from 9.5’ to 12’, are inflatable and easy to transport. Come have some fun and try a new sport you can take with you anywhere! Read more about our trips and rentals below.
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Paddleboard Instructional Trip
Enjoy the water from a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) with one of our ACA certified guides. This section of river is just off the Blue Ridge Parkway, is within 20 minutes of Roanoke and parallels Explore Park. It is essentially flat water, as it is backed up from Smith Mountain Lake. These trips are well suited to beginners and cover the basics of SUPing, from weight placement to efficient paddling techniques. SUP’s offer a great vantage point, as you are elevated well above the surface of the water, allowing for a great view of the rivers scenery. It’s a great way to get a full body workout with lots of emphasis on balance and your core muscles. Time on the water is typically 1.5 hours. This class is accepted by Roanoke City Parks and Recreation as a SUP Certification for those who are interested in getting their Badge to paddle at Carvins Cove.
- Experienced Guide and Instruction
- Paddleboard and Paddle, PFD, Water, Dry Bag
James River Trip
The nearby James River offers a more challenging Paddleboard experience with moving water and class 1 rapids to navigate. This part of the river is within the Virginia Scenic River section and is located 40 minutes from downtown Roanoke. Your guide will teach proper weight placement, efficient paddling techniques, moving water and river reading skills and safety measures. This trip covers about 4 miles of river and time on the river is approximately 2 hours. Participants need to be at least 14 old and able to swim.
- Experienced Guide and Instruction
- Paddleboard and Paddle, PFD, Water, Dry Bag, Snacks
Public SUP Classes
SUP is quickly becoming a favorite river activity for anyone who wants a fun and new way to play on the water. Start the experience with an on-land lesson taught by an ACA certified paddleboard instructor followed by time in the water to practice and hone your paddling skills. Classes designed for beginners. All equipment, gear, and instruction included. Group will meet at The Blue Ridge Parkway Visitor Center. See link below to signup.
Summer Dates (Explore Park, Morning, 9:30-12): 5/27, 6/6, 6/30, 7/8, 7/25, 8/12, 8/31
Summer Dates (Explore Park, Evening, 5:00-7:30): 6/20, 7/14, 8/23
Fall Dates (Carvins Cove, Morning, 9:30-12): 9/9, 9/19, 10/6
Fall Dates (Carvins Cove, Evening, 5:30-8): 9/14
Fall Dates (Carvins Cove, Midday, 12-2:30): 9/21, 10/18
RMA rents inflatable paddleboards perfect for use on lakes and some rivers. These boards are very stable and easy to transport. You can take fully inflated or deflated and use our pumps to inflate once you get to your paddling destination.
Paddleboard rentals include PFD, paddle, pump and dry bag.
SUP’ing at Carvins Cove
Paddleboarding has been allowed at Carvins Cove since 2016 with a few stipulations. You are required to take a certified SUP classThe water is owned and governed by the Western Virginia Water Authority and they have the right to revoke the privilege if they feel the rules are not being followed. Please respect the rules and help to educate others! See the links below for more info on paddling at the Cove.