Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is stand-up paddle boarding difficult to learn?2020-01-17T04:55:16+00:00

SUP is a huge sport! Not only is it one of the fastest growing but so many people can do so many things with a stand up paddle board, from big wave surfing to paddling a lake with your puppy dog and a cooler and everything from fishing to yoga in between. What is so great about the sport of SUP is that anyone from 5 years old to 95 years old can do it. Our training concentrates on correct Paddle Method to take you through the learning curve so you can paddle efficiently in any conditions so you can explore the world of SUP and get one of the best whole body workouts in the process!

Will I fall in the water?2020-01-17T04:54:29+00:00

SUP is a water sport and so there is always a chance of falling in the water. That said, we start in flatwater and use big stable boards. We focus on correct stance and how not to fall in. Also how to dress appropriately for weather and water conditions, which may include wet suits. Depending on weather, If you go paddleboarding, part of the fun is falling in.

I have poor balance. Is SUPing for me?2020-01-17T04:55:55+00:00

Poor balance is a concern for most people, but is not necessarily a big problem in learning to SUP. We make sure students are properly matched with the right size board for their height and weight, which gives them maximum stability on the water. We also teach to use the paddle as a brace when standing (like an outrigger) and about using momentum to create stability. We teach “weight shift” techniques for better balance. Many are surprised at how easy it is to stand.

What muscles does paddle boarding work?2020-01-10T02:52:44+00:00

The main muscle groups that are being activated during a paddle are your mid back muscles (latissimus Dorsi), Shoulders (deltoids), Arms (triceps & biceps) and abs. Paddle Boarding is an all-body workout which has more than just the physical rewards, it can also restore your balance and calms your spirit.

Is paddleboarding a good workout?2020-01-10T02:59:38+00:00

Standup paddle boarding can offer a fun and relaxing activity that mostly anyone can do, it is also one of the best workouts out there. People with all body shapes, sizes and ages are engaging in standup paddle boarding as a fun fitness activity. As many people have heard, standup paddle boarding is the best workout for a complete body workout. SUPing is a low impact exercise that is a combination of balance, strength, and endurance which are exercised whether you are paddling or just balancing on your board. It’s not only an excellent core workout but also the toes, legs, back, shoulders, arms and neck which all work together.

Are your class rates negotiable?2020-01-10T02:53:52+00:00

We are not able to negotiate posted rates but can negotiate for corporate or large group tours and lessons. Our rates allow us to keep classes small so you receive the most individual attention and attain your paddling goals.

Do you rent paddleboards?2020-01-17T04:56:35+00:00

We don’t have a venue on the water, however we will rent to experienced paddlers you must have your own way to transport boards. We also have a special. If you are vacationing on the Russian River, we will deliver and pick up boards to your location between Healdsburg and Duncun Mill.

How do I make a reservation?2020-01-11T02:57:49+00:00

You can make a reservation over the phone, email us or request a reservation online. You can use the form on this page or go to the Contact page.

Do I have to wear a life vest?2020-01-10T02:57:08+00:00

YES. Always wear your life vest. Not only does this add another layer to keep you warm, it also keeps you floating should you decide to leave the boat mid trip. Our U.S. Coast Guard approved PFDs are required by law, our insurance, and our company policy. We will provide you with an approved life vest, so please do not bring one with you.

Should I bring my cell phone, wallet, jewelry or car keys on the water?2020-01-11T02:59:34+00:00

Like you, your cell phone, wallet and keys will get wet. Things also have a way of going into the river, never to be seen again. This being the case, we recommend that you DO NOT BRING THESE ITEMS ON THE TRIP WITH YOU unless you have a completely waterproof container. Our guided trips carry cell phones for emergency situations. We suggest that you lock your personal belongings in your car trunk and give your keys to our shop staff. Watches can be worn if they are waterproof. We don’t recommend wearing jewelry.

Check on the General Information page for more information.

Is paddleboarding safe?2021-05-08T01:58:49+00:00

In reality, nothing is 100% safe. If there was not any element of risk, watersports would be boring. To minimize risk, we use the best equipment, everyone is supplied with Life Jackets (PFD), leashes required to wear appropriate clothing for conditions, Rubicon guides carry safety and first aid kits on all excursions.

Our guides are not only very experienced, they have special training and certifications, in Swift Water Rescue, First Aid, CPR and Lifeguard training. Our SUP instructors are Certified instructors through ACA and/or PSUPA as well as being nice folks.

How do I make reservations and how do I pay?2021-05-08T01:55:08+00:00

You can make a reservation over the phone or email us. Go to How to Book & How to Pay. Or you can use our Contact form.

We prefer you can pay with cash or check on location. If you want to pay by debit or credit credit card you can, after you contact us to book. Then go to How to Book & How to Pay. There is limited to no internet access at to pay online at the locations.

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    What Our Customers Are Saying About Their Rubicon Adventure

    Great experience. I was uncertain about taking on this activity but game to try. The instructor “John” was thorough and careful with the introduction instruction activity on dry land. When we put in the river John was attentive and provided continuous instruction and encouragement.

    It was a perfect day on the Russian River at Wohler Bridge. We paddled up river for about 1/2 the time then stopped for rest and snacks (watermelon, cookies) and lots of talk about surfing, beaches etc.

    The trip down was somewhat easier and quicker again with John offering tips and training as we went along.

    A big thank you to the Rubicon group for this experience.

    I will use their business for further training and adventures.
    – Pengdahu

    Our family had the best rafting trip ever. Thanks a ton for the memories.
    – Brandon F.

    Hola Bill!
    You’re the best of the best. Sorry I’m still catching up after my three weeks away. I keep of thinking of that wonderful class and how much I learnt. You’re a top instructor and I really hope to see you soon.

    Thanks for the fun pictures.
    Take care,

    The Highlight of Our Summer!
    My wife and I and our two kids (10 & 12), did the SUP 101 Wohler Bridge Tour and it was absolutely incredible! Bill was a great instructor that got everyone up and paddling in no time. That part of the river is so beautiful and undeveloped that you really felt connected to the nature gliding on the water. Everyone can’t wait to do it again. Highly recommend it!
    – Matt S.

    The absolute Best SUP yoga class I have ever been too.   Arline is great; she is very informative, fun and non-intimidating.  I highly recommend her class to anyone at any level.
    – Jenna R.

    I had no idea rafting was so much fun. Gerry was the best guide ever. Thanks for such a wonderful time, see you next year.
    – Karen S.

    Rhody is an absolutely wonderful guide. We had lots of fun but felt very safe in his raft. He was very sweet with our children.
    – Aleta J.

    Best Rafting Company
    Rubicon Rafting company is one of a kind. My family and I have gone rafting with Bill and his “crew” for the past 7 years and each time it is fantastic. From the beginning you know you are in very professional and experienced hands. I love the fact that once we sign up everything is taken care of. We show up at the pre arranged camp site, set up our tent and let Bill and his crew take over. After a full day of rafting you come back to an incredible campsite meal made by chef Bill. Then waking up the next morning to coffee and a full breakfast. I can’t say enough about this group and the personal attention they give to each of their rafters.
    – Kate M.

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