Stand Up Paddle Boarding

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Guide Chris Paustian SUP Boarding 22 miles Chicago Shoreline Marathon
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From: Gillson Beach or Lloyd Beach, lake conditions permitting
Price:$ 50
$90 Private Lesson
Duration: 2 hours, Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
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2 hours, Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm
Stand Up Paddle Boarding
Skill Rating:
Gillson Beach or Lloyd Beach, lake conditions permitting
$ 50
$90 Private Lesson
Included: Stand Up Paddle Boarding equipment and instruction.
Not Included: Transportation or personal clothing and equipment. Cancellation policy applies.

This 2-hour program is an informal introduction to the exciting sport of stand up paddleboarding (SUP). Our guides are on the cutting edge of everything SUP and are even helping the American Canoe Association compile its SUP instructor criteria. Join us and have a blast with this totally unique sport.


Schedule: The lesson will run for two hours. We will meet 15 minutes before the scheduled start of the lesson at the southernmost part of Wilmette Beach at Gillson Park in Wilmette or at Lloyd Beach in Winnetka. See your confirmation email for the location specifics. We ask participants to meet 15 minutes early to allow us to properly outfit you and ensure that you’re prepared. Our instructors begin the program promptly at the scheduled start to the program. We cover a lot of material and important safety information right at the beginning of the clinic! If you are not there at the scheduled start time, you will be considered a no-show.

Parking: Parking at Gillson Park is available on Michigan Avenue or on Middle Drive just off Sheridan Road at the park entrance. The Wilmette police will ticket any cars parked right along the beach on Overlook Drive if they don’t have Wilmette stickers. Make sure to check your parking location! Upon arrival, walk down the main drive east into the park, continue heading straight for the Lake and look for the NWP kayaks and personnel at the end of the drive. You can also check with the park officials who will meet you just inside the main entrance to the park. Please call if you need additional information.

Location: Stand Up Paddle Board programs will be held on the beach at the south end of Gillson Park in Wilmette or at Lloyd Beach in Winnetka. However, if conditions on Lake Michigan are too rough for paddling (wind and wave conditions), we will cancel the program and allow you to reschedule for a future date. 

Clothing & Equipment:
  • Swimsuit or shorts and T-shirt

  • Water

  • sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, raingear

  • Croakies or something else to tie glasses on with

  • Shoes- Flip-flop sandals are not useful as they will come off in open water. Water booties are ideal and sport sandals can also work. Shoes with laces are not appropriate.

  • Extra warm layers- Remember that cotton will not keep you warm if it is wet (it will actually make you colder), so bring some extra layers that are made out of a synthetic material (such as fleece, Coolmax®, polypropylene, etc.) Come prepared for warm, cold, and/or wet weather. We will be paddling rain or shine!

  • Dry clothes to change into after

  • If you have a wetsuit, paddling jacket or booties, bring them along. We will have wetsuits available for rent for $5 per session. Please contact our office in advance if interested in renting. Please plan to arrive 15 minutes early to provide adequate time to change into the wetsuit.

We will provide all other necessary paddling equipment.

What is special about this trip?
It’s an adventure, a workout and a fun way to spend a day on the water!

How do I get there?
We paddle out of Gillson Beach in Wilmette or Lloyd Beach in Winnetka. The location depends on the date of the program. Upon registration we will send more specifics about the location, including driving and parking instructions.

How and where will you meet me?
We will meet you at the predetermined launch site.

What money should I take?
None. You will have settled your balance prior to the outing. Don't forget to tip your guides!

What's the weather like?
Plan for Chicago summer air temps, and water temps between 60 and 70 degrees. We strongly recommend that you bring or rent a wetsuit.

What do I need to bring?
Check out the equipment list under planning- or feel free to contact us if you have questions. Be sure to dress appropriate for the weather and with adequate footwear.

How can people reach me in an emergency? Can I call home?
The guides will carry cell phones and a marine radio.

What kind of equipment do you use?
We use high quality epoxy-sandwich (EPS core) construction boards and blast molded plastic boards.

How many people are on this trip? How many guides? Who are the guides / what are their qualifications?
Our guides are experienced outdoor professionals and paddleboarders who hold certifications in Wilderness First Aid. Some of our guides even contributed to the American Canoe Association’s SUP Instructor Certification criteria.

How can I prepare physically for the trip? How much prior experience is needed?
No prior experience or conditioning is necessary.

I cannot thank you enough for setting Billy and me up for SUPing on Saturday. We had a great time! It was especially important to me beacuse of the strong connection I had to the water while in college. Having the opportunity to be out there again was incredibly cathartic! Thank you so much. You don't know how much it meant to me. Many Thanks, Jordan, Chicago, Illinois
Thanks, Brian was terrific and I enjoyed the entire experience.  Jim, Northbrook, Illinois
Special thanks for all the help and encouragement for my first stand up paddle boarding class on 8/5/12.  I had a wonderful time.
 Helen, Skokie, Illinois