FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
WHAT DOES IT COST?
$59 per person for a 75 minute Come'n'Try SUP session which includes a full safety briefing, comprehensive land based lesson from an ASI qualified instructor, fully guided on water group paddle, balancing activities, free time, plus SUP board, leg leash and paddle hire.
WHEN ARE SESSIONS HELD?
In Spring/Summer/Autumn: we run group sessions every day we can (times determined by the wind). We release the weekly session schedule on our Facebook page. In Winter: we run sessions on demand - let us know when you're available and we'll book you in!
Private and group bookings are available at all other times by request.
WHAT DO I WEAR? WHAT SHOULD I BRING?
Leggings or Shorts (anything comfortable that can be rolled up or sits at knee length is perfect as you’ll wade into knee deep water to get on and off your board) and a t-shirt is ideal for SUP.
If the weather’s cool, a light weight, long sleeved, outer layer is a great option too.
Thongs or slip on shoes work well as you’ll kick them off and leave them on the water’s edge while we SUP barefoot.
Sunglasses are the most frequently lost item by SUP riders so we discourage prescription glasses and suggest you leave your expensive designer pair at home. Cheap sunglasses are great - or better still, a sun visor or cap. If you do choose to wear glasses, we strongly encourage you to use a strap to secure them in place.
You will get wet from sitting on the board and wading in/out of the water so a towel to sit on during the drive home often comes in handy.
Don't forget plenty of sunscreen (best if this is applied before you arrive) and a bottle of water.
WHERE DO I PARK? WHAT DO I DO WITH MY KEYS WHEN IM OUT ON THE WATER?
Lillydale Lake is located at 435 Swansea Road, Lilydale. There is plenty of free parking available onsite. There's also a beautiful walking track, fantastic children's playground, toilets and drinking fountains - and a coffee van available too when we're lucky!
Your GPS will bring you to the entrance gates of Lillydale Lake. Drive in past all the car park entrances, past the facility buildings, past the playground to the very last tear-drop car park you'll come to (next to the kid's zip line). You'll easily spot us near the rotunda setting up for your lesson.
You should lock all valuables in your car (or better still leave them at home!) and either carry your car key with you (we strongly recommend a tightly sealed water proof bag and a zipped pocket) or store your car key in an on-board bag carried by your instructor.
WILL I FALL IN?
Maybe, but probably not. The SUP boards we use at SUP Yarra Valley are wide specifically to offer the greatest stability to learners and first time riders. You’ll be surprised at how stable you feel once you launch on to the calm waters of the lake. We start every session on our knees then progress to standing only when you’re feeling comfortable. You work at your own pace – most people are standing within their first lesson but it's entirely led by you.
I CAN’T SWIM, CAN I STILL COME?
SUPing on the lake is all about balancing on top of the water, never being in it, however you must be confident to swim to the lake's edge or back to your board if you do fall in. It is a requirement that all riders are able to strongly swim 50 metres. Lillydale Lake is not a designated swimming location and is therefore unmanned and the depth and quality of the water is variable and unknown.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
We paddle in all seasons - it's part of embracing the outdoor experience! However, if strong winds are predicted during our planned session then for safety we reschedule the session (and call you the night before to advise of the change). Your lesson stays as a credit which you can use at any time.
IS THERE AN AGE OR WEIGHT LIMIT?
For safety we take riders 16 years and over in our regular lessons. If you would like to book for someone younger than 16 please call us and we can make arrangements with you directly for a private 1:1 or 2:1 lesson.
The SUP boards we use cater to riders up to 120kg.
WHAT EXACTLY IS SUP ?
“SUP” stands for Stand Up Paddling an activity where the rider stands on a flat wide board using a paddle to propel themselves through the water. SUP is either done on “Enclosed Flat Water” such as rivers and lakes, or “Exposed Water” such as ocean locations. SUP is an easy to learn low-impact fitness and wellness activity that aims to improve balance, provide a full body workout, reduce stress, and improve overall strength, cardio and endurance. But most of all - it's fun and easier than it looks!
UM, ISN'T LILLYDALE LAKE SPELT WITH ONE L?
Actually no! The town name Lilydale has one "L", the name of the lake has two - Lillydale Lake.