Boston North Shore Kayak and Standup Paddle Board Lessons

Exploring nature by standup paddle board or kayak is a healthy and fun way to enjoy beautiful Boston North Shore waters and Marblehead. Whether you’re an an eager beginner our more experienced paddler our Guides will provide you with training and techniques to take your on-water efficiency, confidence and enjoyment to the next level.


We teach the fundamentals of standup paddle boarding and kayaking in a safe flat-water environment. We start with an on-beach orientation on our local paddling environment, safety and the impact weather and tide may have on our outing, and the equipment you’ll be using. Then it’s time to get on-water for instruction on paddling techniques. After you feel comfortable on the water, we’ll set out on a guided kayak or SUP tour. Even if you’ve never SUP’ed or kayaked before, you’ll be surprised at just how easy this sport is and how fast the 60 minutes will fly by. We offer private, semi-private, small and large group lessons for adults and kids ages 12 and up. Our ratio is one instructor to 5 paddlers.

Private & Semi-Private Lessons

Fee: $65/hour for one person; $45/hr/person for two plus the cost of your rental

Group SUP Instruction and Guides

$45 per hour for groups of 4 plus. For children ages 17 and under a ratio of 1 parent/guardian/guide per 5 paddlers is required. Our group lesson is for those of you who want a shared experience with family or friends. 60 minute session devoted solely to your group with one of our expert instructors. Ocean safety, entering the water, proper stance, stroke and turning are all covered. Get up stand up! *All lessons are 60 minutes long and include kayak or standup paddle board, paddle, leash and PFD.

Cancellation Policy

Please note that our lessons run light rain or shine. We will only cancel if water conditions are not suitable for paddling. If you must cancel please do so at least 48 in advance or your credit card will be charged for the full amount of your lesson.

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Little Harbor Boathouse is Greater Boston’s kayak and stand up paddle outfitter located on pristine waters protected by Crowninshield and Gerry’s Island, 15 miles north of Boston and Cambridge, Massachusetts. We sell and rent a broad selection of Hobie pedal-paddle-sail-fish Kayaks and Standup Paddle Boards. Outdoor recreation and on-water lifestyle specialists, we are dedicated to sharing our enthusiasm for kayaking, standup paddling, kayak sailing and kayak fishing with you! Come find us and return often to our hidden gem location for the some of the best paddle and pedal kayaking, standup paddling, fishing and kayak sailing in New England. We’re open 7 days/week in-season and by appointment year-round.

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