Ocean Paddleboarding


Early morning route planning, Narragansett Bay

This 6 hour course will prepare you for paddleboarding in open water conditions. If you have taken our Intro to Paddleboarding class and are looking to advance your skills, paddle longer distances, and explore the world of ocean paddling; then this class is an essential training tool to help you accomplish your goals.

Ocean Paddleboarding will introduce you to paddling in a dynamic environment with a focus on trip planning in open water conditions where wind, waves, currents, tides and boat traffic are factors in your decision making process. Our American Canoe Association (ACA) certified paddleboard instructors have extensive paddling experience in Narragansett Bay and surrounding waterways. In addition to learning paddle skills under the supervision of a certified SUP instructor, you will be trained by local paddlers who have an intimate knowledge of the area and can help guide you on your next adventure.

In the morning we will put together an itinerary using information gathered from the marine forecast, tides, and general observations of the days weather. Route planning is an essential part of any trip, especially when paddling in open water environments. After discussing the day ahead and preparing our boards and equipment, we move to the water and spend a short time reviewing and refining our strokes all while paddling further out into the bay.

Throughout the course we will teach you various methods to check and track your progress while navigating in open water. We also learn how to tow a tired paddler, how to make simple repairs on the fly, VHF radio communication and other ways to communicate in an emergency. These topics are covered in conversation and are demonstrated while paddling.

Equipment used includes displacement board leash, paddle, deck bag, and life jackets. For colder weather paddling drysuit or wetsuit, and paddle jacket, and booties are used. These items can be provided for you and are included at no extra cost with your course fee. You are free to use your own equipment too.

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Course Length Cost (pp) Location Dates
Ocean Paddleboarding 6 hours $75 URI Bay Campus
Gear List

Directions to Meeting Location

Groups meet at the URI Bay Campus in Narragansett for this course. See directions below. If you are traveling from our of state and are looking for a hotel, we recommend the Holiday Inn Express on Tower Hill Road in South Kingstown.

From Providence and points north take 95 south to RI-4 south (North Kingstown). RI-4 south will turn into US-1 south/ Tower Hill Road. Look for Bridgetown road on your left. This will be approximately 12 miles from the intersection of 95 and RI-4. Turn left onto Bridgetown Road for 1.5 miles through the intersection onto South Ferry Road (look for big sign URI Bay Campus). Follow South Ferry Road to the very end. Beach area is where we meet. Approximate drive time from Providence is 40 minutes (30 miles).

From New York and points west take 95 north towards Providence. After entering into Rhode Island take exit 3A and merge onto RI-138 east/ Kingston road. Follow RI-138 for 15 miles to the intersection of US-1. Cross over US-1 onto Bridgetown Road and follow for 1.5 miles through the intersection onto South Ferry Road (look for big sign URI Bay Campus). Follow South Ferry Road to the very end. Beach area is where we meet. Approximate drive time from New York City is 3 hours (170 miles).


Groups meet promptly at the 9am at URI Bay Campus in Narragansett (see above for directions). In the morning you will meet your instructor, sign a waiver form and get fitted with equipment for the day. Plan to be off the water between 2pm and 3pm.

Included/ Not Included

Paddlers will be outfitted with all paddling equipment for the day, but you are welcome to bring your own equipment. Equipment provided includes SUP board, paddle and PFD. Paddlers will be expected to arrive dressed appropriately for the weather and provide their own meals for the day. See gear list for complete list of items you will be responsible for bringing.

Cancellation Policy

Payment is due in full at time of reservation to secure your reservation. Events run rain or shine. Eastern Mountain Sports Schools reserves the right to cancel or reschedule events for low participation, weather or safety concerns at any time. We will try to give as much advance notice as possible, but may not always be able to give much advance warning, especially for weather cancellations. Cancellations or schedule changes 8 days or more prior to the event start date will be fully refunded or credited with no penalty. Reservation changes of any kind within 7 days of the event start date will not be refunded and you will not be allowed to carry over deposits to future events. For participants 17 or younger, a parent must sign a waiver form prior to climbing. If you have any questions please call 800-310-4504. We will be more than happy to review our cancellation policy with you.