New to paddle boarding? Don’t worry about equipment — we will provide any materials needed for your class, including the board!

Every class includes: 

  • Stand up paddle board
  • Paddle
  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Water safety instruction
  • On-land warm up & instruction
  • Water instruction
  • Free play

We keep group classes small (4-8 participants) for maximum safety and enjoyment.

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Acqua Basics

Our Acqua Basics class focuses on introducing you to the sport of stand up paddling (SUP) in a fun and safe manner. We will teach you the fundamental technique and safety which will be the foundation for your future paddling endeavors. You will need to be comfortable on the water and able to swim. No prior paddling experience necessary.

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Acqua Kids

Acqua Kids is focused on kids ages 7 – 12.  We want to introduce kids to the sport of stand up paddling (SUP) and start them out right with safety and proper technique for injury prevention and optimal benefit.  Most of all we want them to have a blast paddling.  We have youth size PFD’s and adjustable youth paddles that are appropriate for the height and weight of kiddos so that they can paddle properly with ease.  Your child(ren) must be comfortable in the water and able to swim.  No prior paddling experience necessary.  We offer this as a private group class or private lesson.  Please contact us to book.

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Acqua Fitness

Acqua Fitness is a great addition to your fitness routine while advancing your paddling skills through drills on land and water. We will incorporate the PaddleFit system of training with other fitness modalities to create a fun and effective workout. Whether you are a SUP racer or a SUP/fitness enthusiast, join us as we challenge and encourage one another.

BYO Board & Equipment encouraged, PFD (personal flotation device) mandatory.

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Acqua Pilates

This class will incorporate Pilates exercises appropriate for SUP.  This is excellent for improving strength and flexibility, body awareness, proper biomechanics, and proprioception.  This class will begin with a paddle warm up.  We will be anchored while performing Pilates exercises on the SUP.

You may also request ahead of time for this class to take place on land.

Please contact us to book a private group or private lesson.


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Acqua SUP Yoga


We are partnering with Heather Hall to offer this class series once a month throughout the summer and early fall.  We will combine a leisurely paddle with a gentle yoga flow to rejuvenate your mind, body and spirit.  We will be anchored during our yoga practice. 

Booking button coming soon.  

Please visit our page at Eventbrite to sign up or send us a message with any questions at

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Corporate and Private Events

Are you looking to host a corporate or private event?  Do you want it to be something outside the box that is team building, enriching and creates lasting memories?

Paddling events with Acqua Dolce Paddle are a great way to celebrate any occasion in a safe and encouraging environment.  Our team of instructors will help you have a fun day on the water.

These events may include:

  • snacks, drinks
  • Acqua Dolce Paddle branded swag
  • additional instructors depending on group size
  • cost starting at $100 per person

Must be booked a minimum of 10 days in advance.

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Hey there, thanks for your interest in Acqua Dolce Paddle. We can’t wait to hear from you. Leave us a note below, or feel free to give us a call at (231) 883-0089. Either way, we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Paddle Location

This year’s SUP lessons and events will be at various locations around Traverse City including East Bay Park and Silver Lake.  Lesson location will be determined by availability and weather conditions.  We will send you a confirmation of the location with directions 24 hours prior to your lesson or class.