Stand Up Paddling Lesson

Our Intro to SUP lesson takes place on our private lake on the property of Valley Mill Camp in Germantown MD

Learn To Stand Up Paddleboard just minutes from DC and VA! Stand Up Paddling is one of the fastest growing paddlesports on the Potomac River. Valley Mill will give you all the stand up paddling instruction you need to get you started on our private lake on the property of Valley Mill Camp, which is conveniently located just 20 minutes north of DC in Germantown. Once you have the basics down, you can buy your own board and gear and venture out on your own.

INTRO TO SUP LESSON SCHEDULE 2017 (subject to change)

INTRO. To SUP, 3hrs, $105

We are booking these dates now, Call to sign up (301)840-7388

Season ends Oct 1st

You must call (301)840-7388 to pay with your credit card to reserve a spot,

You may cancel/reschedule up to 24 hours prior to your scheduled lesson.

No refunds will be given to cancellations within 24 hours of your scheduled lesson- NO EXCEPTIONS ! No EXCUSES! Only credit towards a future lesson will be applied. Valley Mill reserves the right to cancel any lesson due to inclement weather, high water, or lack of participation required for group lessons. Credit will be issued for any lesson or trip that Valley Mill cancels.

*** IF you have a discount voucher, have it in front of you BEFORE you call ***


Valley Mill is on the fore front of one of the fastest growing sports there is; the sport of Stand Up Paddleboarding and is proud to be the first major school to offer stand up paddleboarding in the Washington DC area. This exciting sport is a perfect blend of board sports and paddlesports, and can be done anywhere there's water, from rivers, lakes, streams, and the ocean. The DC area is an awesome place to get into the sport because of the multitude of waterways to enjoy. All equipment is provided for all SUP lessons.


Stand Up Paddleboarding or “SUP” is a great sport for all ages. There are not many prerequisites and just about anyone can come out for this new class. Please note that we do have certain requirements to attend the SUP Introductory lesson listed below.

We use the Jackson SUPercharger stand up paddleboard. The SUPercharger is a rotomolded plastic board that is super stable and able to take anything you can throw at it. Check out some of the Team Jackson paddlers putting the SUPercharger to the test on whitewater =


During the SUP1course you will learn the following:
-Getting familiar with the parts of a stand up paddleboard, stand up paddle, and gear.
-Basic safety precautions when getting on and off a stand up paddleboard.
-How to wear your pfd
-On water safety
-Paddling on your knees and most importantly standing up to paddle and various stances.
-How to get back on the board in deep water.
-Effective forward stroke, back stroke, sweep stroke, J-stroke.
-How to paddle forward, spin, stop, brace, turn, and move sideways
-Last but not least everyone will have the opportunity to walk the nose of the board, just like surfing a wave on a long board!
-This Stand Up Paddleboard course will cover all the above, and we'll challenge you with some fun games, skill challenges, races, and more.

“Paddleboarding is much easier than I expected. The board is stable and fast. The first time on the board was so exciting. It is an amazing feeling to be standing up paddling.” - Anne Pagano

“Stand Up Paddling is a whole different perspective on paddling. I love the freedom of moment while paddling. I feel like I am walking on water.” -Jason Stender

“These paddleboards are sooooooo versatile. You can paddle them standing, sitting, or kneeling. I am excited to have my own board one day to practice yoga on the water.” -Kris Johnson

The SUP1 lessons will take place at Valley Mill Camp ONLY. Get the directions on how to get to Valley Mill off the "Directions" page..

All gear is supplied for all lessons.

You must weigh between 50-275 pounds, and be able to swim, and be in reasonably good health.

Lessons run every Saturday from early May to Oct.,* weather, and water conditions permitting*

SUP1 Lessons take place at Valley Mill Camp 15101 Seneca Rd, Germantown, MD

You must CALL (301)840-7388 to sign up