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  • Weather- and activity-appropriate clothing (preferably synthetic*)
  • Water shoes or sheos you don't mind getting wet (closed-toe recommended)
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler
  • One quart of water (no glass bottles)

Optional

  • Swimsuit
  • Dry clothes for after activity
  • Change of shoes for after activity
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
  • Waterproof camera
  • Towel
  • Stand up paddle board, SUP paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†

What We Provide

  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boards, paddles, PFDs, etc.
L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools

Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding Course

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You'll get a thorough introduction to the exciting sport of stand up paddle boarding. 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 introduction course is a great way to learn the popular sport of stand up paddle boarding – the perfect blend of exercise and fun. Paddle boarding, 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 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 paddle boarding equipment is provided.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.
Our exciting introduction course is a great way to learn the popular sport of stand up paddle boarding – the perfect blend of exercise and fun. Paddle boarding, 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 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 paddle boarding equipment is provided.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.

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.

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Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding Course
Our exciting introduction course is a great way to learn the popular sport of stand up paddle boarding – the perfect blend of exercise and fun. Paddle boarding, 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 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 paddle boarding equipment is provided.

L.L.Bean does not usually cancel events due to inclement weather. However, we reserve the right to cancel an event at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. If L.L.Bean cancels your event, you will receive a full refund for the cost of your reservation.