Sign up for stand up paddle boarding (SUP) lessons, tours, classes, races, and other events on the beautiful Chain of Lakes in Winter Haven.

Beginner Paddleboarding

We have high expectations when it comes to just about everything in life, so when we signed up for Paddleboard Winter Haven’s 1.5 hour “First time Fun” tour for beginners, we expected nothing short of a great time. We were right, Paddleboard Winter Haven owner Kami greeted us with smile and enthusiasm.

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Instructions & Fit

After waiting for the rest of the group to arrive, we began the instruction portion of the session. We were fitted with the appropriate-sized paddle and instructed how to paddle forward, back-paddle and make turns in addition to all the other significant details we needed. 

After the instructions, Kami gave us the signal and we were off in the calm, clear water of Lake Summit, near LEGOLAND Florida Resort.

Paddleboard Winter Haven
Paddleboard Winter Haven

Get Your Balance

Not one to admit apprehension, a few of us fiddled around on shore to see how easily others got their lake legs before setting out. Of course everyone looked like naturals. Indeed, it is much easier to balance on water than one would imagine…or maybe we’re just that good. In reality, the boards are built with stability in mind. It’s all in the stance, Kami told us.

Paddling on the Chain of Lakes

Although the age, weight, and height of our group mates varied, the relative ease we experienced on our paddleboards was similar. You see, these boards are designed with stability in mind. With the right stance and technique, which Kami taught us, we had no problem navigating.

Sit or Stand, Just Paddle

Kami allowed us to take off and do our own thing, so some chose to sit and paddle, while others stood and paddled. The weather was perfect. We spotted an anhinga bird and even picked lilies from nearby pads. We only noticed a few boats throughout our journey on the water, so nothing interfered with our paddle rhythm.

Paddleboard Winter Haven
Paddleboard Winter Haven

Paddleboard Wars

After chilling on Lake Eloise, we made our way back through the canal and onto Lake Summit again where Kami introduced some fun props to the mix. We took turns hula hooping, playing hacky sack, jousting with inflatables and had a “Paddleboard Wars” competition, which involved two people standing on one board while attempting to rock the other off – it was kind of like watching American Gladiators.

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Register for a Tour

Paddleboard Winter Haven offers several tour, lesson, class and party options customized for you and your family when you stay in Winter Haven during your Central Florida vacation. 

The sessions are easy to sign up for, and you can do so at You can also purchase or rent your own board from Paddleboard Winter Haven and gift certificates are available. Be sure to book your paddleboard outing, and share your experience with us after!

Address / Location

W Lake Summit Dr
Winter Haven, FL 33884
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Hours of Operation

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Monday - Saturday 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Sunday 10:00AM - 4:00PM

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5 Star Rating

Although we were pumped about our scheduled paddle board appointment, I had to call Tammy and cancel at the last minute because our governor in PA was threatening closing the state to travel. She was... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

I would definitely recommend paddleboarding with Kami! She is friendly and patient - and gives wonderfully clear and concise instructions to teach you. We met her at the boat ramp and she had the... Read Full Review

5 Star Rating

It was our first time paddle boarding and we had a blast! Such a great atmosphere and pleasant, patient instructor! Read Full Review

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