West and Rhode Riverkeeper

We work with our community to enforce environmental law, to
promote restoration, and to advocate for better environmental policy.
Contact us: 410-867-7171  ♦  4800 Atwell Rd, #6, Shady Side, MD 20764

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West & Rhode Riverkeeper offers FREE stand-up paddleboarding lessons

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West & Rhode Riverkeeper offers FREE stand-up paddleboarding lessons

Enjoy a free beginner’s stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) session at Discovery Village in Shady Side from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, July 9June 28, July 28 and August 25.

The free SUP sessions have a value of $35. A suggested donation of $10 will help the Riverkeeper keep the rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and paddle-able. Space is limited to 8 paddlers each session. Reservations are required. Call 410-867-7171 or send a note to

The SUP sessions are provided by Chesapeake Paddle Sports founder Andrea Melbourne. Certified in Fitness Training, Yoga, Group Training and Paddling, Melbourne blends these complimentary skills with the growing demand for stand up paddleboarding fitness and training. More information on Andrea’s programs can be found at www.chesapeakepaddlesports.com.

This is a basic paddling technique class and the first step in learning proper technique. Learning proper technique is beneficial for many reasons including increased performance, preventing injury, making SUP a core workout and enhancing your enjoyment of SUP. During the hour lesson, students will learn proper paddling fundamentals in a fun and friendly atmosphere.

What to expect?

Andrea will lead drills to learn correct paddle height, hand position, stance and assess paddling technique. Learn the basic paddling strokes and skills. Students don’t move on to the next progression until they are comfortable with the current changes.

What is included?

The SUP Tech 1 Lesson includes the board rental, paddle, PFD, leash and guided instruction for technique. Enjoy a “Bonus” additional time to practice and tune the skills learned during the lesson with a one hour free rental paddle.

What to bring?

Wear comfortable clothing you can workout in and don’t mind getting wet. Water shoes are optional. Bring a towel, sunscreen and a water bottle.

What’ it cost?

Andrea is donating her services and the use of her equipment to benefit the West & Rhode Riverkeeper. This free session has a value of $35, but you’re welcome to give a $10 donation to help the Riverkeeper keep our rivers swimmable, fishable, crabable and paddle-able.


Discovery Village is located at 4800 Atwell Road in Shady Side, MD 20764.