FAQ

This page is updated regularly in order to bring you a comprehensive library of information to help you plan your Stand Up Paddle adventures.

What should I bring to my paddle with Blue Jellyfish SUP?


To help you show up prepared, we created a downloadable checklist. Click the link below to open the doc and then use the 'file>download or print' option to save a copy for future reference. Packing List: 1/2 day and full Day Programs




Do I need to sign waivers?


Yes, you need to sign a waiver each time you book a program with us. You can review and sign our waiver here.




What should I wear for winter paddling?


Year round, you goal is to dress for the water temperature and consider your paddling style. In winter, water temps get down to freezing so ideally, you can wear a drysuit with warm layers underneath. If you don't have this, and you expect to be in the water, then a wetsuit of 5mm+ would be best. Wetsuits only work good though when they are, well wet so you will want to pair your wetsuit with rain gear or additional layers. Add to either option; PDF, hat, mitts or gloves, and neoprene booties/socks and you're ready to paddle.




What should I wear for summer paddling?


"Summer" has a wide variety of conditions in Canada and while the air temp may be 30C+, the water can still be hovering around freezing. You must consider your skill, the conditions and how far from shore you will be in deciding what to wear. Here's our preferred attire for ocean paddling (water temp <20C); - Neoprene booties or watershoes - Drysuit/wetsuit with additional layers as water temp and wind dictate - Bring along; gloves, hat, sunglasses, buff and additional dry layers Here's our preferred attire for lake/calm water paddling (water temp > 20C); - swim suit - workout clothing (quick dry shorts/ swim leggings/ quick dry tank/t-shirt) - long sleeve layer - rain jacket and rain pants - water shoes - Bring along; gloves, hat, sunglasses, buff and additional dry layers




Where are the best paddling spots for beginners?


When you're new to SUP, the best places to start are anywhere where the water is clam and there is little to no wind. Lakes, ponds, sheltered coves and wide, slow moving rivers are all possible spots. You also want an easy place to launch and land, sandy beaches are always the nciest but other slopeing shorelines are fine too. When possible, ask locals for beginner freindly places. Take to rental shops or join a local facebook group to get the paddle places beta. At the beginner stage, you want to avoid places with currents and wave or swell action as well as windy conditions over 20km/hr gusts. " Windy" is a great app for checking the local wind and wave situation.




What should I bring with me when I paddle on my own?


You always want to head out onto the water or the wilderness prepared for the worst case senario; you have to spend the night outdoors and are wet. We recommend you put these items in a drybag and bring them with on every paddle, even if it's close to home or the middle of the day. - water bottle - 10-20L dry bag (hold everything below) - headlamp - small first aid kit - fire starter kit - snacks (+extra) - sunscreen/lip balm - cellphone (in waterproof case) - compass and chart (GPS if you know how to use it) - small tarp or emergency blanket - knife - additional warm layers




Where are you located?


Southern Vancouver Island near Sidney, BC. We are a quick 20-30 min drive from Victoria! We operate out of two locations in partnership with Pacifica Paddle Sports; 1) Brentwood Bay 2) Canoe Cove For full details including maps, visit our Locations page. Each program page on our website will tell you where the paddle with start and end. just scroll to the 'Logistics' section :)




What is the best progression to learn SUP?


Everyones SUP paddle journey will look different based on their previous expereince with other paddle sports, but the ideal learning path is as follows; 1) Basic SUP Skills (learn the basic skills and see if you really like the sport) 2) Lessons or SUP Meet Ups (get more board time under your feet, refine skills and gain confidence) 3) Advanced SUP Skills (refine skills and learn advanced techniques) 4) Day Tours (paddles to build endurance and practice skills while exploring new places) 5) Coastal Touring & Camping (learn how to overnight camp with your SUP) 6) Multiday Trips (paddle 3+ days in a row while staying in B&B's) If you're not sure where to start or what your next step should be, don't be shy! Contact us :)




How do I book online?


Here are the steps to make your booking online; 1. Head over to our new booking page 2. Search for a program by date or by program type 3. When you found what you want to book, click book now. 4. Verify the date/time and quantity on the pop up then click continue 5. On the next page, enter your basic information, review the waiver (in a new window!) as well as the terms and conditions etc. then click continue 6. Enter your payment info and click submit 7. You are now booked!! 8. Your next steps are to complete the guest details, sign your waiver (if you haven’t already done so), sign your photo release, and if you’re paddling within the next 2 days, submit your Covid-19 Health form. 9. We will be sending you emails with reminders and links to all the forms, so you will have everything you need also in your inbox. We also made you this video walking you through the steps. Should you any help with your booking, email pam@bluejellyfishSUP.ca!




How do I create a user account?


If you paddle with us regularly, you can also opt to create a user account. 1. Simply click on the Login link (top right) on our booking page and then Create an Account from the pop-up window. 2. Enter some basic information in order to create your account, including your first and last name, email address, and enter a password. Click submit. 3. You will then receive an email asking you to verify your email address. Open the email and click the link. 4. You now have a Blue Jellyfish SUP user account. Bookmark this page so you can make changes to your account and book new events with us! We have also created a step-by-step video to help you out here.