FAQ’s: SUP classes

2019 location at Montrose beach, Chicago. New location is in Highland Park, IL


Classes are located at North Shore Yacht Club in Highland Park, just 23 miles north from our original location at Montrose beach.

A good place to park is at Central Park, located .7 miles walking or biking from the yacht club. Limited parking spaces are available at the park – so arrive early with plenty of time to secure your space. Street parking is also available – but read all signs before parking on a residential street! There are 2 hour & 4 hour limited spaces with signs posted.

What to wear:
Dress to get wet! Any swimwear is appropriate for SUP classes with Mary Lou. Just opt for synthetic fabrics. Sunglasses, hats are fine but only if they’re tethered to you. All other personal belongings like bags, purses, towels and shoes can be safely left behind inside our storage locker.

Will I get wet?
Yes. Expect to take a swim or two. It’s part of the fun!

Class cancellations due to strong weather sometimes occur – and the instructor makes that call two hours before scheduled class time. In the event of a cancellation, you will be contacted via email or phone. Classes are never cancelled for “chance of rain” weather predictions. If we cancel due to weather, you will receive a rain check to reschedule for another date of your choice – or a full refund.

What is included?
We offer: Full-on high quality gear rental; a board tailored to you, paddle and leash as well as a PFD (Personal flotation device). Paddle instruction from Mary Lou who is a L2 ACA accredited instructor. This means you are actually going to learn to paddle from a pro and really get why this sport is so closely linked to yoga.

North shore Yacht Club in Highland Park

Do I need to know how to swim?
We do ask that you are comfortable in the water and are able to swim. You’ll be wearing a PFD at all times, and will also be tethered to your board with a paddle leash.

Safety Precautions for COVID
To get you on the water safely and authentically, we are following all COVID-19 GUIDELINES imposed by the CDC & The Governor’s Restore IL Plan as well as recommendations for paddle sports specifically from the ACA (American Canoe Association).

We will maintain physical distancing of 6 feet or more from each other, including your instructor and all supporting staff at all times.

Everyone participating in the class is required to wear a face covering while on land and upon return to shore after class. Please bring a dry bag or baggie to store your mask. A fanny pack is handy and recommended. Masks are not required on the water as long as at least 6 feet of distance can be maintained.

Cancellations must be made at least 7 days prior to your scheduled class for a full refund. Reschedules are allowed if space is available.

What is the age limit?
18 or older.

See you on the beach!

If you have anymore questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the instructor directly. You should get a response within a day or two.

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