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STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD LESSONS
Portland Paddle offers stand-up paddleboard (SUP) classes for all skill levels, from complete beginners to experienced paddlers who'd like to learn to surf. All courses are taught by American Canoe Association-certified instructors who are also Registered Maine Guides. Rates include use of a SUP and all necessary gear, but you are also welcome to bring your own board.
Intro to Stand-Up Paddleboarding
8:30 - 10:30, Saturdays & Sundays at the East End Beach
This two-hour course teaches you the basics of stand-up paddleboarding, a fun sport that's great both for exploring waterways and getting a core workout. We'll start on shore learning proper paddle grip, paddling posture and techniques for getting on and off a paddleboard (usually referred to as SUP). Once we're on the water, we'll cover board balance and strokes that help you move swiftly and maneuver effectively. We'll also go for a brief paddle. Once you've completed this course, you'll be prepared to confidently venture out onto Casco Bay -- or a lake or river -- on a SUP. $45
SUP Surfing clinic
2-3 hours. Sundays 2:00 - 5:00.
This course will teach you how to surf a SUP -- an endlessly fun skill that will also greatly improve your balance on your board in all conditions. We'll spend most of the time in the waves at a nearby beach. The exact location will depend on surf conditions. The group will meet at the East End Beach and drive together, unless prior arrangements are made to meet at the beach. $75
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Our expert instructors are available for private lessons. A two-hour lesson, which tends to be the best length for many students, costs $110 for one student. Please call us to learn about rates for lessons with different lengths and more than one student. Our kayaking and SUP instructors are qualified to teach lessons covering a wide range of paddling knowledge -- from advanced skills like surfing and seamanship to more basic skills like how to choose the right vessel and how to turn your boat or board effectively. We love sharing our knowledge of paddling and working individually with students to progress their skills.
Portland Adult Education courses
Our Adult Education courses are finished for the year, but check back next Spring for our 2016 offerings. We plan to offer one course in sea kayaking, another in paddleboarding and another in SUP yoga. Read this blog post for more information.
Go to our SUP Yoga page for more details.