Stand Up Paddling Membership Package

Overview

Our Stand Up Paddleboarding Membership gives you access to our thriving community and a lifetime of coaching to master stand up paddlboarding at your own pace--with lots of coached practice between classes--and free board and gear rentals! Our progression is methodical and has evolved from thousands of hours of teaching beginners to appreciate how proper technique makes paddleboarding more fun. Check out the great benefits that you get when you register to become a member today:

Enjoy over two years of member benefits*, including:

  1. 11 hours of on-water instruction during 4 high-quality lessons - very flexible self-scheduling!
  2. Up to 50 FREE coached weeknight practices (plan on Potomac Pizza afterward)!
  3. FREE use of new paddleboard and equipment during lessons and coached weeknight practices!
  4. Discounted paddleboard and equipment rentals for additional practice!
  5. Up to 25% off paddleboards and gear purchased from our school!
  6. 10% annual dividend from all purchases at our Potomac store!

We offer the best instruction on the best boards. Each of the four courses serve as a building block for the next. Go as fast as you want over a two-year period, and paddle as much as possible between courses. (Our software lets you customize your own schedule online.) All equipment is provided and brought to the lessons and weeknight practices for you. Watch the video and read the individual course descriptions below.


SUP 101-104 Course and Practice Descriptions

SUP 101: FUNdamentals

This three-hour lesson includes a few fun facts about the history of the sport, terminology, and a thorough orientation to the three primary pieces of equipment: board, paddle, and pfd. You'll also learn how to properly inflate, lift, and carry a stand up paddleboard, as well as proper launching and landing techniques. We also discuss trim and we practice standing and falling. Various stances are practiced, and turning and propulsion strokes are introduced. All will culminate in a casual paddle around the scenic Widewater area of the C&O canal.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27
  • August 3, 10, 17,24, 31
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28

Includes : Board, paddle, personal floatation device.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time : 9:00 AM or 1:00 PM

Duration : 3 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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FREE: Coached Weeknight Practice

Coached weeknight practice gives you free access to our coaches and our boards in a comfortable setting designed to help you master the strokes and maneuvering techniques covered in the courses. In addition to skills refinement, we'll have various drills to improve your flexibility and strength--perhaps even a race or two. For many members, the most important part of weeknight practice is the social hour afterwards. All equipment is provided for you on site--simply show up dressed to paddle!

2019 Dates (Tuesdays):

  • June 4, 11, 18, 25
  • July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
  • August 6, 13, 20, 27
  • September 3, 10, 17, 24

Includes : Board, paddle, personal floatation device.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time : 6:00 PM

Duration : 2 hours

Prerequisites : SUP Membership and completion of SUP 101

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SUP 102: Strokes and Maneuvering

This three-hour course is like a tai-chi lesson, only standing on a board while using a paddle. All strokes are practiced with the intent of developing a precise and smooth technique, including sweeps, draws, braces, and the C-stroke. Repetitive movement--wax on, wax off--will help build muscle memory until you perform each stroke like a pro. Students will be challenged to demonstrate board control while paddling an obstacle course.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 15, 22, 29
  • July 6, 13, 20, 27
  • August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
  • September 7, 14, 21, 28

Includes : Board, paddle, personal floatation device.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time : 1:00 PM

Duration : 3 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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SUP 103: Advanced Strokes and Maneuvers

Fundamental paddle stroke and maneuvers are refined and more advanced strokes such as sculling and the hanging draw are introduced. With these new strokes, you'll practice spinning, paddling a figure of 8, sideslipping, turing on the move, edging, and more in this three-hour course.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • June 16, 30
  • July 14, 28
  • August 11, 25
  • September 8, 22

Includes : Board, paddle, personal floatation device.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time : 1:00 PM

Duration : 3 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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SUP 104: Safety In Open and Moving Water

This four-hour course will introduce you to essential knowledge and safety techniques for open water and moving water stand up paddling. Learn how wind, tides, and current affect stand up paddlers, then learn and practice self and assisted rescue techniques. Each student will perform a solo deep water rescue. Then, this small class will embark on a gentle introduction to the moving water of the Potomac where students will begin to develop an understanding of how to read current and attain upstream.

2019 Dates (Choose one):

  • July 28
  • August 25
  • September 8, 22

Includes : Board, paddle, personal floatation device.

Location (link) : Angler's Lot, Potomac, MD

Time : 1:00 PM

Duration : 4 hours

Class Ratio : 5:1

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*Completion of the SUP 104 course marks your "graduation" from the program and the conclusion of equipment rental and use benefits - but you can still come to coached weeknight practices indefinitely with your own board and gear!