Aloha! Meet the WATSSUP Ohana…

Ohana – means family

Stand up paddle boarding may have originated in tropical Hawaiian waters, but it has made a home on Sydney’s harbour with WATSSUP!

Watsons Bay Stand Up Paddling (WATSSUP) is Stand Up Paddle School, located in the heart of Sydney harbour at Watsons Bay (only a 15 minute drive or 20 minute ferry ride) from the Sydney City Centre.

WATSSUP is the brainchild of two water crazy, ocean loving enthusiasts: Bondi Rescue’s Lifeguard Terry McDermott and resident Mermaid Joanna Kyriazakos. Between them, Joanna and Terry have thousands of hours of experience in competing, instructing and coaching in aquatic environments, from flat water to open ocean.

At WATSSUP the ocean is our gymnasium! We strongly believe that stand up paddle boarding is a great way to maintain an active, fit and healthy lifestyle. It is a place to learn new skills, train hard, get fit and also a place to meet like-minded people and have fun!

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Our Vision
We are ocean lovers, passionate about teaching stand up paddling and encouraging people to live and lead an active lifestyle. We are in the business of making people happy and teaching stand up paddling helps us achieve this.

Our Values – what we care about most:
Safety – Safety is of the utmost importance to us, that is why we take pride in operating as paddle school. All stand up paddle experiences include one our amazing instructors who possess the highest levels of expertise in stand up paddling. They come with great knowledge of the ocean, the wind, currents and weather patterns as well as tidal movements. You are in safe hands especially since the owner Terry McDermott is a veteran Lifeguard – you might have seen him on Bondi Rescue

YOU! Whether it be professional or personal, we love to meet & get to know our clients and build meaningful relationships that last. So we take pride in offering our customers our punctuality, reliability and dependability. This extends to our excellent equipment and top level instructors who live and love the world of SUP!

Stand Up Paddling! We are passionate about sharing our love for stand up paddling and all the things which come with it; being in the ocean, experiencing nature, fun and fitness. We strive to teach and encourage people to lead an active, healthy, aquatic lifestyle and also try to educate people on how versatile SUP can be as sport and for overall fitness.

We love to share our years of knowledge, expertise, love and passion for stand up paddle boarding with each and every person who comes to stand up paddle board with us. We aim to inspire and introduce those of you who have never SUPed before to all of the benefits (physical, emotional, spiritual & mental) of the sport. As well as providing experienced SUPers with technique and skill based support, challenging workouts and amazing tours of one of Sydney’s best-kept secret beaches – Watsons Bay and all of its surrounding beauties.” – Joanna and Terry


Terry is a veteran professional lifeguard, surfer, trainer and all round waterman, also well known for his presence on the famous Australian TV show: Bondi Rescue. Terry’s been stand up paddle boarding since 2006, and he previously established and ran a successful learn to surf school, was the head instructor for over 20 years as well as a surf reporter for 21 years (this man knows the ocean and can forecast weather and swell like one of the pros!). He is a motivational trainer and speaker. Terry has competed in the Molokai to Oahu Race a number of times on prone paddle boards as well as stand up paddle boarding and was awarded the “Best Waterman” award for his exceptional crossing of the Kauai Channel in 2009.


Joanna, also known as “The Mermaid”, is the owner of the renowned and beloved Mermaid Swim Academy at the infamous Bondi Icebergs. Mermaid Jo has been teaching swimming and open water/surf sports for almost a decade! Since creating the now thriving swim school at Bondi Beach back in 2006, she has also developed a highly successful Surf Sports Training business; conducting kids camps at Bondi throughout holiday breaks for surf awareness, paddle board training and surf swimming skills. Jo is an open water swimmer herself, as well as an accomplished prone and stand up paddler, and has competed in many open ocean swimming events within Australia and overseas. She has also successfully tackled the infamous Molokai to Oahu race in Hawaii a number of times, once taking the crown of First Female Team!