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STAND-UP PADDLEBOARD LESSONS
Portland Paddle offers stand-up paddleboard (SUP) classes for all skill levels. All courses are taught by Registered Maine Guides with years of SUP experience. 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, Level 1
8:30 - 10:30 Saturdays, 5:30 -7:30 Saturdays & Wednesdays
This two-hour course teaches you the basics of stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), a sport that's great both for exploring waterways and getting a core workout. This course is designed for anyone who's fairly new to SUP. No experience needed. We'll start on shore learning proper paddle grip, paddling posture and techniques for getting on and off a paddleboard. 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 along the shores of Casco Bay. $45
Intro to SUP, Level 2
Take your SUP skills to the next level with this session that builds on our level 1 course. Your instructor will provide individualized feedback on your paddling technique and will introduce some more advanced skills to help you gain better control of your board. You will also venture out onto open waters for a paddle in Casco Bay, discussing how to safely navigate boat traffic, wind, tides and currents in Maine's coastal waters. Once you've completed this course, you'll be prepared to confidently venture out onto Maine's waterways on a SUP. All students will receive a voucher for one free SUP rental. $45
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.