East Coast Outfitters
If you're not in the Lawrencetown neck of the woods, try ECO. Mostly known for its incredible sea kayak tours, the Lower Prospect company also offers stand up paddling lessons (three-hour intro and advanced level classes, a one-day stand up coastal journeying course and a two-day flatwater paddling instructor course) and rents boards by the hour, half-day or full day (for this you'll need basic safety training and 24-hours notice).
2017 Lower Prospect Road, 902-852-2567, eastcoastoutfitters.com
It's a Surf Emporium, yes, but SUPs are in high demand here, too. At both the Lawrencetown location and its Martinique counterpart, you can rent a paddleboard for a half day ($40) or a full day ($50)—add an extra $10/15 if you want a wetsuit.
4891 Highway 207, Three Fathom Harbour and 2137 East Petpeswick Road, Musquodoboit Harbour
Just Stand Paddleboards & Surf
Located in the beautiful Seaforth, near Lawrencetown, this one-man surf shop—owned by Harlan Patterson—sells surf and paddleboards, focusing on equipment that's suited for HRM waves specifically. 386 Causeway Road, Seaforth, juststandpaddleboardandsurf.com
Whether you're looking to rent or own, surf or stand up, wear a wetsuit or brave the Atlantic waves, both locations of Kannon Beach have got you. If you're looking for SUP lessons, for $95 a pop you get an hour with an instructor, a board and wetsuit for the day, safety tips and hands-on direction. 5239 Blowers Street and 4144 Lawrencetown Road, kannonbeach.com
SUP Dude Yoga
Next level alert! SUP Dude not only offers stand up paddleboard lessons and rentals ($25 per hour), it teaches beginner and intermediate flow classes on the board. With morning and evening classes you've got plenty of options to salute the sun or sunset.
Graham's Cove, Dartmouth, 1-782 -234-0876 (textable), supdudeyoga.com
SUP Yoga Halifax
Another spot to get your bend and balance abilities dialed on the water, new biz SUP Yoga Halifax teaches SUP basics, SUP yoga and SUP fitness on St. Margaret's Bay. Classes start July 2, see the schedule online.