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SUP 1: Beginner Stand Up Paddle Lesson

This fun-filled 2-hour beginner SUP session will introduce you to the fundamentals of paddle boarding from one of Maryland's most seasoned SUP instructors, Greg Miller.  Take in all of the scenic beauty of the Potomac River from a totally new perspective as you glide across calm, flat water.

Each lesson begins with a personal safety equipment check followed by an on-water demonstration of proper stance and stroke technique, then we paddle through the session learning technique and tips along the way.

Bring friends or come and learn a new skill by yourself, we ensure a welcoming and fun environment for everyone. We get everyone up and paddling with solid fundamentals on their first session!

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I really can't say enough about Greg as an instructor. He is so knowledgable and really a pro at sharing his knowledge. He is a great teacher. He also cares about his students and the experience they will have. He want's to help you meet your goals. I am (was) a total newbie and I was hooked after the first lesson. I would love to continue and eventually buy a board. He knows the board industry inside and out and could guide me to quality brands. (There is so much out there and it's easy to believe reviews, without knowing much.) I am looking forward to continuing lessons for a long time to come! Do yourself a favor and if you are interested in trying SUP or are a pro, you will want to take a lesson with Greg!
- Janet Walkoe
My family and I had a GREAT time. This was our first time trying standup paddle boarding and Greg was so knowledgeable and patient with us and gave us great advice and we were standing and paddling in no time. Greg made the experience so much fun and we are so much more comfortable on the boards. Martina, who was assisting Greg was also Super fun and giving great advice, they always made sure no one was left behind. SUPER FUN DAY!! We will definitely be back with Greg soon!!
- Tammy McCoy
Took the SUP 1 course today. What a great time! Greg and Justin know their stuff, and are great at teaching it! Will definitely be back for more!
- John Reichart
Cannot recommend highly enough!! I reached out to Greg last minute for a short trip to the area. He was incredibly accomodating and his enthusiasm for the sport was palpable - and contagious! He's highly knowledgeable about the SUP, his equipment, the area, and seems to know everyone! The lesson felt like taking instruction from a friend. He was very laid back and clearly enjoys it when his students are really learning and connecting to the experience. If you want to paddle board in the area, this is the guy you want to learn from.
- Emily Pfeifer

Lesson Information

This is lesson #1 of the SUP 1-2-3 series. If you wish to continue after this lesson, you’ll be eligible to take the SUP 2 and SUP 3: Advanced Skills course.
  • Quick drying clothing
  • Water shoes or velcro sandals (no flip-flops)
  • Sunscreen & snacks
  • Soft water bottle
  • ERS paddle board and paddle
  • PFD with whistle
  • Learn about the equipment and review water safety protocols
  • Progress from paddling on your knees to paddling standing up
  • Learn the forward, back, and sweep strokes
  • Tips and tricks for reducing fatigue and maximizing your time on the water
SUP 1 Lessons generally operate on the calm water section of the Potomac River. This is a clean and calm flat water area that is perfect for first time SUP paddlers with great nature scenery.