Stand Up Paddle Boarding

From
Gillson Beach, Willmette lake conditions permitting
Price
$50
Duration
2 hours, Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Upcoming dates

Duration

2 hours, Time: 10:00am to 12:00pm

Skill Rating
1
From

Gillson Beach, Willmette lake conditions permitting

Price

$50

Included
Stand Up Paddle Boarding equipment, lifejacket 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). 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. 

What a great experience today! Thank you so much, Keith! All the best, Theresa, Wilmette,Illinois

 
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
 

In the 1940s Waikiki surf instructors Duke Kahanamoku and Leroy and Bobby AhChoy began SUP as a way to stand on their boards during incoming swells, known as Beach Board surfing. In the 1990s SUP was taught at Hawaiian surf schools as an alternative way to surf when there was little swell. Thank you Wikipedia.