4 Youtube Channels That Teach You How to Paddleboard

I've always loved paddling.

I grew up canoeing with my family, and we have some amazing memories of close-up encounters with moose, acapella singing in rocky canyons, and sliding down natural waterfalls in the backcountry.  

That's where I grew accustomed to drinking "fire water" (freshly boiled lake water with traces of ash floating on top).  It's where I learned the specific techniques of using a thunderbox (the latrine on backcountry camp sites).   And how to strap every piece of equipment to an external frame backpack so that you can portage completely hands-free (as long as someone else is carrying the canoe, that is!).

Canoeing is such a great experience, but while I can handle one on my own around a lake, I certainly can't do it for any extended length of time.  And I'm not strong enough to portage a canoe myself at all. 

Single seat sit-on-top kayaks are much more maneuverable, but they're still heavy and would take a couple of people to portage and strap to the top of a vehicle before and after being on the water.

So, we've decided to go in a different direction.  We're exploring the world of iSUPs - inflatable stand up paddleboards!  We've ordered two, and we can't wait to give them a try on the water!

In the meantime, I've been researching how to use a paddleboard correctly, as well as what you can do with one.  I've come across some Youtube Channels that share how-to's, tips & tricks, reviews and even their paddleboarding adventures.  

If you're exploring the idea of getting on the water with a stand up paddleboard, this list is for you!

How To Stand Up Paddleboard


iRocker is a manufacturer of stand up paddleboards, and they have an extensive library of how-to videos on their Youtube site about various aspects of paddleboarding.  Most, if not all, of their videos are applicable to any brand of paddleboard, not just their own.

#2. Ethan Huff

Ethan Huff has a well-stocked Youtube channel of how-to's, tutorials, tips and reviews about anything having to do with stand up paddleboarding.  He's a careful and thorough teacher, and each video teaches basic skills, many of which are specifically for beginners.

#3. Lizzie Silver James

Lizzie Silver James is relatively new to Youtube, but her videos are really well done.  She goes on overnight solo adventures with just her paddleboard and a few other pieces of equipment.  

I love the simplicity of her expeditions.  She has some necessities with her, but doesn't even use a tent, preferring to sleep in a bivvy sack on top of her paddleboard.  She isn't specifically a how-to channel, but watching how she maneuvers and uses her board is a great example of what's possible with an iSUP.

#4. Marybeth, Paddle Adventurer

Marybeth, Paddle Adventurer, is an outdoor adventurer that has some great videos detailing her paddleboard trips in and around Ontario, Canada.  I love the fact that she's in my area, but she also has such a great energy and has some great experience and wisdom to share!

Her channel also features some really helpful how-to's, and she shares tips that I haven't seen others share.

Here's a video of a trip in Algonquin Park that she went on with two friends.  It was really neat seeing how they packed everything on their boards, and the convenience of taking paddleboards (instead of canoes) into the backcountry.

These channels are a great place to start, but as we're getting our feet wet (pun intended!), I know we'll discover so many more!

Have you ever been stand-up paddleboarding?  

If so, what advice would you share with a beginner?


  1. Paddle boarding is a big deal here in Florida, but I've never taken the plunge to learn how.

  2. I’ve never went paddle boarding before, but I always wanted to try it. In New Jersey, where I’m from, there are some businesses along a couple of nearby rivers that offer it. One day, I would like to check them out, but after I watch these suggested videos on how to paddle board. Thank you so much for sharing.

  3. This is so cool. I have always wanted to paddle board but never had a chance plus I was just scared. We go on vacation next month so, I'm going to watch a few of these videos to see if I can learn how to do it.

  4. I need to go watch. I think paddle boarding would be fun to do, and a great workout!

  5. This would be fun to learn. I do love that I can learn trhrough a video.

  6. Lizzie sleeps on her paddleboard?!? That's awesome. She will have stories to tell for the rest of her life. My two oldest sons take their daughters paddleboarding. Super fun, they all love it.

  7. Super helpful! I tried paddle boarding once and really loved it, but I'd like to do it more.

  8. I’ve always wondered how hard it would be to paddle board. These channels offer great tutorials. Ty for sharing.

  9. I'm always on the lookout for new ways to learn and improve my skills, and these channels seem like a perfect fit!

  10. This is pretty cool and you can learn anything on the internet ;) I so want to paddle board!

  11. This looks really awesome and cool! I’d love to try paddle boarding! Thanks for sharing this with us

  12. I really enjoyed reading your post about paddleboarding and the YouTube channels you recommend. Your personal anecdotes and experiences with canoeing added a nice touch. The list of YouTube channels is helpful for anyone interested in paddleboarding, and I appreciate the variety of content they offer. Looking forward to more of your adventures!

  13. Paddle boarding looks like it would be so fun, I don't think that I would do it personally but I bet a lot of my family would! I'll have to share this with some of my older grand kids!

  14. This looks like fun, I must find out how to learn this. Thanks for sharing this with us.

  15. These are great tutorials. I have been paddleboarding a few times, but I have to admit that I am intimidated and always in fear that I am going to fall in the water. It is good to have a true tutorial and not just a rushed demo.

  16. while i am not sure i will be comfortable paddle boarding, i do want to try to learn and see for myself so these videos will at least give me a push towards getting my feet wet !:)


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