Aruba Surf & Paddle School
Aruba Surf & Paddle School
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Surfing & WindsurfingGear RentalsStand Up Paddleboarding
About
Aruba Surf & Paddle School. We are your only true experts when it comes to surfing & paddle boarding on the island. With more than 20 yrs of experience in the boarding sports & 25 yrs as an ambassador in Aruba's tourism, we offer nothing less than outstanding service to our customers. We are keen on details and safety. Check us out for a good time guaranteed. Lessons,rentals & tours.
Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Rick
Providence, RI26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Family
If you want to paddle board while in Aruba, you MUST call Dennis. He was the friendliest, coolest, funny and informative business person we came across. But with Dennis, it was more than business. He takes the time to get to know you and everyone in the party, and you leave the trip feeling as though you just made a new friend. Before you start off on your 3.5 kilometer tour, Dennis goes through every detail for beginners and those with experience. He endures you are using proper technique the entire time so that you do not get fatigued and can enjoy the sights while learning to paddle board. We were a group of 7, Dennis said if you followed his instructions you would not fall and he was correct(minus one in the party that tried to look behind her). When we finished some three hours later, Dennis offered to make a lunch reservation at a local spot for all of us. Unfortunately, we were unable to go as some in the group had planned diving in the afternoon. Dennis kills it, if you do not call him when you want to paddle board, you are missing out on a great experience. Btw, he takes 100's of pictures and sends them to you, we did not even have to ask.
Written March 2, 2020
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nitsrag
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
My fiancé and I booked the private guided tour of the mangroves with Dennis through our resort. I have paddle boarded a bunch of times in the ocean and in lakes but never had been properly instructed, and my fiancé had never paddle boarded at all. Dennis did an amazing job teaching us the proper techniques before we got in - I can't say enough about how helpful it was! There were a few choppy parts during our outing, but neither of us fell off and were able to make it through fine with guidance from Dennis.

I will say it required some basic strength and balance, but overall we would recommend this to anyone interested in a unique paddle boarding experience that is at least a little bit athletic.

One of my favorite moments of any vacation excursion happened - it was when we were paddling next to the airport while planes were coming in for a landing. We were in the water right underneath them. Dennis insisted on taking a bunch of pictures and captured the moment perfectly. We really appreciated how many pictures he took for us since we were focused on the paddling. There were a lot of good ones :)
Written January 29, 2020
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kmichelle03
kmichelle0310 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2021 • Couples
Dennis was AWESOME! He quickly returned our call and was happy to accommodate us. He picked us up at the hotel on time and brought us down to the are where we began our paddle board session. He was very friendly and made great conversation. He showed as all we needed to know as first timers to make sure we felt safe and prepared for the trip. We hopped on the board and he stayed with us to make sure we felt comfortable. Once we felt confident and paddled a bit away from him he took photos of us as he told us about the areas we passed. We stopped mid way through where he provided refreshments and then continued on our way. When we ended he told us we completed a 5k on the paddle boards! This was a very fun and enjoyable trip. I definitely recommend it.
Written February 27, 2021
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Christopher D
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021 • Friends
Denis showed us an AMAZING time on our guided Stand up Paddleboard excursion. After picking us up right outside our resort on time, he was patient with us as he explained the best ways to balance and paddle without getting tired and laid out the whole trip ahead of time, adjusting destinations and length based on water and wind conditions. We had a brief rest in the shade halfway through our paddle where Denis gave us ice cold waters, and included a small detour so we could watch the major airlines land on the island RIGHT above our heads. He took photos of our group (who he took turns switching between speaking English and Spanish to make everyone feel comfortable) as we went along and shared them with us afterwards via WhatsApp. We finished our trip at another small local beach and Denis was prepared with another ice cold drink for us. He is very knowledgable about the island, its history, and the surf and tide conditions in order to not have us work against the wind or get caught in choppy waters.

*Afterwards, Denis recommended a local eatery for lunch ("The Kitchen") which was excellent. Upon finding out that we were short on cash, he paid for our meals and allowed us to square up with him when he dropped us back off at the resort. All in all we paddled 5km, had an amazing time, ate a delicious meal, and we look forward to learning how to surf from Denis the next time we visit the island. TOTAL class act.
Written August 21, 2021
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mllbsn
31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Family
We had a fantastic time learning to paddleboard with Dennis. The winds were a little stronger than normal on our scheduled day and Dennis was super accommodating. We changed our tour to a lesson. He is super patient and clearly very passionate about safety and teaching proper technique. Our family of 4 (kids ages 10 & 13) had never used paddle boards before and this was a great experience. I would highly recommend an experience with Dennis for anyone looking for a unique activity in Aruba.
Written March 15, 2020
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Renee X
Brooklyn, NY1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Solo
Dennis is one of the best paddle boarding and surfing coaches I’ve ever had. He’s great at teaching the techniques and making sure the tour is entertaining from start to finish. He will also go out of his way to give you recommendations of the best spots in town and even take you there. 10/10 would recommend him to anyone who comes to Aruba!!
Written September 4, 2021
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Navigator768805
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
When my husband I decided to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary with a trip to Aruba without our kids, my first thought was that I’d get to finally enjoy some time to go surfing again. The water really speaks to me, and I’ve surfed southern California waters back when I lived there, so I was longing for a chance to surf again somewhere with beautiful waters and great waves. I found Dennis’ contact info from a quick online search, and reached out to him as soon as we locked in our trip (four months ahead of time). Despite learning that May was not the best month for surfing in Aruba, I stayed in touch with Dennis and as the week of our trip started, he said that surf conditions had started to form again out of nowhere! Dennis stayed in touch throughout our trip and, as it worked out, there was enough surf on our free morning for us to get out and hit the waves. There were only small breaks, but Dennis was great at helping make the most of them. He was also a great instructor, and helped my husband (who had practically no surfing experience) learn to surf successfully. I got to try out a couple of boards he had as well, and it was great to be back among the waves. I’d highly recommend Dennis to anyone who is coming to Aruba with any water excursions in mind – he’s a true local and knows his stuff from surfing to snorkeling.
Written May 8, 2023
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Chiara A
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Couples
My husband and I went snorkeling with Denis, a really funny and chatty man of the Ocean. Since we got in the car, he made us feel confortable telling us stories about this beautiful Island and showing us some of the most appreciated spot.
Snorkeling experience was such a great thing, we saw plenty of turtles and corals. A plus, he took us a lot of videos and photos!
A really great experience, we will never forget It
Thank you Denis!
Written June 25, 2022
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Kim
Wheaton, MD1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022 • Family
We had a small group of 4 who wanted to take surfing lessons and we were so happy to find Aruba Surf & Paddle Dennis. He was knowledgeable, patient and a really nice guy. No one in the group had every surfed before and they were all surfing within minutes of beginning. Many thanks to Dennis for providing such a great Aruban experience. We will definitely do this again the next time we’re in Aruba.
Written June 23, 2022
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Jennifer R
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Family
My four teenaged daughters took surf lessons with Dennis and it was an awesome time! Everyone surfed thanks to Dennis' expert and patient instructions in combination with the large surfboards. Following the experience Dennis sent us fabulous photos and videos of them surfing. You won't be disappointed, a great activity!
Written December 24, 2022
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