The short answer is it depends. Are you a strong swimmer and aren't afraid to fall into what initially may seem to be cold water? Do you have any balance issues relating to a prior illness or injury? Are you the type that can watch a few videos on YouTube and figure out how to do something? Do you have access to a SUP that is appropriate for your size, physical ability and paddling style? If you do decide to go with a rental only for your first SUP experience, we will give you the very basic instructions to keep you safe on the water. However, depending on your answers to the questions listed above, you might find that the small increase in the cost of a lesson above the cost of a rental is money well spent. You can find out more details about out Intro to SUP classes under the SUP Instruction tab.