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  • Swimsuit and weather-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Sunglasses with lanyard (polarized recommended)
  • Hat with visor
  • Small water bottle or hydration system
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler

Optional

  • Waterproof camera
  • Water shoes or closed-toed shoes you don't mind getting wet
  • Stand-up paddleboard, SUP paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Lip balm with sunscreen

What We Provide

  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boards, paddles, PFDs, etc.
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Introduction to Stand-Up Paddleboarding Course

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You'll get a thorough introduction to the exciting sport of stand-up paddleboarding in this three-hour course. Plus, plenty of on-water time to practice basic SUP skills and safety techniques.

  • Prerequisite:  None
  • Activity level:  Moderate
  • Minimum age:  10 (14 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

Our exciting, three-hour introduction course is a great way to learn the popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding – the perfect blend of exercise and fun. Paddleboarding, or SUP as it's commonly called, builds core body strength while allowing you to enjoy scenic lakes, coves and inlets.

In a supportive environment, you'll learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddling and the essential water skills for being safe on the water. You'll learn the nose draw plus forward, reverse and sweep strokes. You'll also be introduced to seated pivot turns and the fundamentals of moving on your board.

You'll also learn how to use every piece of equipment, maneuver your board and the best paddling strokes for specific wind and water conditions. You'll receive one-on-one coaching and plenty of time to practice what you've learned.

You should plan to work hard, get wet and see substantial improvement in your technique by the end of the course.

All necessary paddleboarding equipment is provided.

Our exciting, three-hour introduction course is a great way to learn the popular sport of stand-up paddleboarding – the perfect blend of exercise and fun. Paddleboarding, or SUP as it's commonly called, builds core body strength while allowing you to enjoy scenic lakes, coves and inlets.

In a supportive environment, you'll learn the fundamentals of stand-up paddling and the essential water skills for being safe on the water. You'll learn the nose draw plus forward, reverse and sweep strokes. You'll also be introduced to seated pivot turns and the fundamentals of moving on your board.

You'll also learn how to use every piece of equipment, maneuver your board and the best paddling strokes for specific wind and water conditions. You'll receive one-on-one coaching and plenty of time to practice what you've learned.

You should plan to work hard, get wet and see substantial improvement in your technique by the end of the course.

All necessary paddleboarding equipment is provided.

Cancellation and Rescheduling Policy

*Synthetic clothing dries quickly and is the best choice for outdoor pursuits. Please do not wear cotton clothing. When wet, cotton rapidly robs the heat from your body and takes a long time to dry. We also recommend you dress in multiple layers, allowing you more flexibility to comfortably respond to the weather conditions and your level of exertion.

†Please call ahead if you plan to use your own equipment as it must pass inspection by L.L.Bean staff before use. If it's deemed unsuitable, we will provide you with the necessary equipment.