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!
WHY WE LOVE STAND UP PADDLE BOARDING
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