Becoming a SUP Instructor or Guide

We are proud to partner with Cypress Roots Natural Movement SUP School. Located in Austin, Texas, as an instructor certified by Cypress Roots SUP School, you'll have immediate access to working gigs with Lady Bird Lake Rentals!

Melody Benton

Owner, Lead Instructor, of Cypress Roots SUP School

Movement coach of 15 years, Melody Benton obtains an associates degree in Physical Therapy. For 6 years Melody has been a World Paddle Association Stand Up Paddle Board Instructor and SUP Yoga instructor. She has recently earned her level two trainer certification to certify others to teach and share the life-changing journey of movement on the water. Melody also utilizes her 15 years as a pilates and yoga instructor, and intertwines it with the free movement of water, to teach intuitive, somatic sensory awareness.


Cypress Roots SUP school is here to share ALL the ways you can use a stand-up paddle boards. Fitness, racing, SUP surfing, SUP yoga, SUP pilates, floating meditation and even partner acrobatics to challenge the elite balancing athletes.


Overall, Melody strives to educate the public on three major components: proper technique, safety and etiquette to maintain the integrity of a sport that has grown massively since 2020's epidemic.