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Women's-Only Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding Course

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Our Stand Up Paddle Boarding Course is a great way to try this exciting sport, offering 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 women's-only 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 relaxed 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. Be prepared to work hard and get wet, while learning about the fun sport of paddle boarding.  

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.

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*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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What to Bring
  • 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
  • Closed-toed water shoes

  • Waterproof camera
  • Stand up paddle board, SUP paddle and US Coast Guard-approved Type III PFD†
  • Extra change of clothes
  • Towel
  • Lip balm with sunscreen
  • Wetsuit

What We Provide
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boards, paddles, PFD's, etc.
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
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9  out of  9 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
July 11, 2019
Women's Intro to SUP
We went out with Leigh yesterday- and she was amazing, ind, patient, knowledgeable, enthusiastic and encouraging. I took two guests from out of state,... more
Freeport, ME
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5 / 5
July 7, 2019
Fantastic class!
I took the Women's-only Intro to SUP with Anne in Dedham - it was fantastic!! I had never been paddle boarding before, and I was a little worried... more
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5 / 5
August 3, 2018
Fabulous Experience
I participated in the August 1, 2018 Women's Only SUP course. Leigh M. was the instructor. Never having been on a SUP before I was a bit apprehensive.... more
South Portland, ME
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5 / 5
July 30, 2018
Great Time
LOVED the women's only paddle boarding intro class! I took my daughter for her 12th birthday, and she loved it. Julie and Mary (the instructors)... more
Vienna, VA
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5 / 5
June 30, 2018
fabulous program
I so appreciated the opportunity to learn paddleboarding in a women's-only class! Very supportive environment with all female instructors (Leigh... more
Lovell, ME
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5 / 5
June 10, 2018
Try it!
Jess and Stephen were great instructors. There were 5 of us with quite variable skills and stamina. Jess and Stephen, I suspect, modified some of the activities... more
Richmond, VA
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5 / 5
August 30, 2017
Fun and Informative Class
So glad I took this course. It was fun and informative. Our instructors, Kelly and Julie, were awesome. They were patient, clear and extremely helpful.... more
Portland, Maine
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1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
June 24, 2017
Great experience
Wonderful day on the water. Summer and Emma were great teachers!!! I would definitely recommend this to all!
Richmond, Virginia
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1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
5 / 5
July 12, 2016
women's only SUP Intro
Great experience. The facility (flying point paddling center) was lovely. They had showers and lockers to store my stuff. I was able to use a wet suit... more
hollis, NH
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