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Whether you're new to paddle boarding, new to RI, or new to us, here are some resources to familiarize yourself with the sport, our RI waterways, and Water Wanderers as a company. Need more help? Feel free to use the chat button to talk with us or leave us a message on our contact page.
Seated Paddler


Being new to anything is intimidating. The jargon, the equipment, the fear of not getting it right: all of it can feel like a good reason not to try. For your first time trying stand up paddleboarding (SUP) with us, our goal is to make you feel as comfortable and safe as possible, while still enjoying your time out on the water. Below are some resources that will hopefully put you at ease before your experience with us.


Sunglasses/hat or visor

Sunscreen/rash guard

Towel (preferably two)


Water bottle + light snack

Flip flops/water shoes/old sneakers

Bathing suit and/or non cotton, wicking clothing

Completed waiver


Boards + leashes


Life jackets + whistles



We offer two different types of lessons for beginner paddlers: a 90 minute Intro Lesson and Tour as well as a Level II Paddler course, which includes three separate private coaching sessions. Which one you choose is dependent upon your goals and timing.
Are you visiting for a short time on vacation?
The Intro Lesson + Tour would be a great way to get started on a board and explore a beautiful Rhode Island waterway in the process.

Do you have some experience with stand up paddleboarding but would like to advance to the next level of paddling?
The Level II Paddler course will give you the skills, knowledge, and confidence to become a better and safer paddler so you can feel secure going out on your own.

Never tried stand up paddleboarding (SUP) before and not sure if you'll like it?
The Intro Lesson + Tour is a great way to get some exposure to the sport without investing a lot of time and money before you decide if it's for you.

Would you like to be able to participate in our community events but aren't quite confident enough yet?

Since we require at least intermediate paddling skills to join in on community events (we need everyone to be able to keep up with the group), the Level II Paddler course will equip you with the skills you need to become an active member of the Water Wanderers Community.
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