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SUP 101: Getting Started

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This is great course for first timers or those looking to learn the basic skills of paddle boarding.

You will learn:
• How to properly fit yourself for a board
• How to properly carry a board
• Understanding necessary safety considerations
• How and where to stand on a board
• Conducting basic strokes and turn
• Conducting simple self-recovery
Course includes all gear required.

What should I wear?
Even if the air is warm the water can still be chilly. Plan accordingly, especially in late fall and early spring.

What should I bring?
When out on the water staying hydrated and protected from the sun is a MUST!
• Water bottle
• Sunscreen
• Sunglasses with a retention strap
• Dry bag for phone/wallet/keys
• Snack
• Towel
• Required medications
• River shoes (shoes that can get wet, smelly, and will stay on)

Policy Note: We are always excited to get our customers outside and enjoying our XP Academy course offerings.  Each course is tailored made for your specific needs and goals for the sport.  Since we offer private/small group instruction, our instructors’ schedules are busy.  Please be considerate of their schedule and make sure you arrive for your course on time.  Course payments are non-refundable.  Your instructors will work to reschedule your course if a cancellation is made at least 48 hours in advance of your scheduled course time. 



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Jennifer E. Stevens

June 7, 2016

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Excellent first SUP 101 Class. Kate Tsagronis was my instructor. First thank you to Kate for being flexible to change our original schedule. Kate was very knowledgeable, calm, and inspiring. She showed me the basics from the start and made me feel empowered to command my SUP. She listened to my questions and gave honest answers. Kate gave a mini yoga session mid way through the class which was very cool. I really enjoyed my first SUP experience. She took pictures and sent them to me via email. She is a great teacher because she is focused on getting you to learn the basics correctly….i.e., form, stroke length, etc. I learned a lot and so far it looks like I am going with an Inflatable 10.6 SUP. Thanks Kate for making this a memorable experience!


August 7, 2016

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Johnny was patient and answered all of our questions. This private lesson was a great value and we had a GREAT experience.

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