Bay SUP runs its Stand Up Paddleboarding lessons and tours in and around the beautiful village of Ballyvaughan on the wild west coast of Ireland. Known as the unofficial capital of the Burren. It is a small quaint harbour village located on the southern shores of Galway Bay and is a perfect place to explore this unique region.

This village has a wide selection of fine places to stay, lots of places to eat from traditional pub food to fine dining and some lovely traditional local pubs. It is also home to the Aillwee Caves and the adjoining Birds of Prey centre. Is has a wonderful Saturday Farmers Market and a Sunday Craft Fair from April to September.

#Wild Atlantic Way

Located in one of the most scenic areas of the Wild Atlantic Way. It is in the heart of the Cliffs of Moher UNESCO Geopark, an area home to amazing scenery and a huge variety of rare flora, fauna, sea birds and sea life.

Launch at the Pier

While our paddle boarding predominately runs from the local pier, we also run from other beautiful locations along the coast depending on the conditions of the day and the preferences of the group.


If you need further convincing that this is an area that you must not miss, have a look at our video below that will show you some of what this special location has to offer.

About Us

Highest Qualified Instructors

Bay SUP is run in association with Aloha Surf School in Fanore, who have been providing water sports instruction for 15 years.

Bay SUP Stand Up Paddleboarding school is regulated and accredited and operates to the highest professional international standards.

The professional team of Bay SUP instructors are fully qualified ASI SUP Coaches & ISA Surf Instructors, Beach Lifeguards, Garda vetted and have received training and certification in Child Protection.

Peter Hynes

Head coach Peter Hynes who leads the team has worked previously for the RNLI as a Coastal Safety Manager in Ireland. He is a fully qualified Beach Lifeguard, ISA Level 2 Surf Instructor and ASI SUP Instructor. He is also an RLSS Beach Lifeguard Trainer and travels up and down the country training and assessing Beach Lifeguards. Rest assured you are in safe hands!

ISA Surf and ASI paddleboard professional instructor