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Stand Up Paddle Boarding Enhanced Strokes and Maneuvers

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Our fun, four-hour intermediate course will teach you the advanced strokes and footwork skills you need to paddle faster and farther.
  • Prerequisite: Introduction to Stand Up Paddle Boarding or basic skills and comfort on a stand-up paddleboard
  • Activity level: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 10 (17 and under with parent or guardian)
  • Questions? Please call 1-888-552-3261

Course Description

This fun, four-hour course is a great way to learn stand up paddle boarding footwork, strokes, spinning and a whole lot more. In a relaxed environment, our instructors will teach you advanced strokes and concepts like balancing, plus dealing with wind and rough water.

You'll also learn the footwork skills to keep you agile and balanced on your board, practicing techniques like bracing, pivot turns, draw strokes, cross-stepping, spinning, side slipping, power turning and edging. Our expert instructors will guide you step by step through each skill. You'll also have ample opportunities to work with them one-on-one, plus plenty of time to practice what you've learned.

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
  • Closed-toed water shoes
  • Small water bottle or hydration system
  • Personal prescriptions such as EpiPen or inhaler

  • 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

What We Provide
  • Use of all necessary paddling equipment: boards, paddles, PFDs, etc.
  • First-aid kit
  • Water
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellent
Average Rating 
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7  out of  7 ( 100% ) reviewers would recommend this product. 
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5 / 5
September 4, 2017
Another Great LL Bean Course
Attended on a rather cold day but the small group was all set to go. Definitely a challenging course for those taking after the intro course which is normal.... more
Allamuchy, NJ
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5 / 5
August 7, 2017
Enhanced SUP Course
My wife and I took the Enhanced SUP course last weekend, and what a great time we had! Our instructor Rob was terrific. Friendly, professional and patient... more
Chester, NH
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5 / 5
July 26, 2017
Awesome SUP class
This class was lead by Rob and Brian, both very knowledgeable instructors. The class began on dry land with a review of safety, equipment and basic strokes.... more
Orrs Island, Maine
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5 / 5
July 13, 2017
Well worth it!
This is an excellent intermediate course. Instructors Mark and Kevin quickly reviewed the basics to make sure that all of us were on the same page, and... more
Columbus, OH
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5 / 5
September 8, 2014
Confidence for many more adventures!
Dear L.L. Bean, Thank you! In taking both the beginner and intermediate paddleboard classes offered at Nockamixon State park, I had more than enough confidence... more
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5 / 5
July 26, 2014
Second time better
I'm not sure if I am allowed to write more than one review for the same class, but I am. This is the second Intermediate paddleboard class I took. Steve... more
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5 / 5
July 13, 2014
Intermediate paddleboard experience
Another great course taken in 2 weeks. Steve, my fantastic instructor, provided a safe, professional, supportive and really fun class that taught me so... more
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