There are many outfitters that are well-versed in teaching those new to the sport and provide rentals and instruction. The outfitters generally have social gatherings on a regular basis for stand up paddleboarders. There are even stand up paddleboard yoga classes.
Outfitters from around the state stand at the ready to help you get you out on the water:
Boating in DC, National Harbor (Prince Georges County) - Rent a kayak, pedal boat or stand-up paddleboard by the hour and enjoy National Harbor from the water! No experience necessary, and they’ll provide a quick lesson before you head out! Rentals include lifejacket and paddle.
PaddleStroke SUP, Potomac (Montgomery County) - Stand up paddle lessons, campSUP for kids, whitewater lessons and a gear shop available.
Potomac Paddlesports, Potomac (Montgomery County) - Whitewater lessons, stand up paddling, sea kayak lessons, beginner trips and paddling gear.
Pumped Up SUP, Bethesda (Montgomery County) - Good source for high-performance stand up paddle gear, with an emphasis on inflatable stand up paddle boards.
Annapolis Canoe and Kayak - Annapolis, (Anne Arundel County) - Sells and rents canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, SUPs, gear and equipment to spend the day out on the water.
Capital SUP - Annapolis, (Anne Arundel County) - Stand Up Paddleboarding turns being on the water into a gym experience.
Stand Up Paddle Annapolis - Crownsville, (Anne Arundel County) - SUP, which originated in Hawaii, is the world’s fastest growing water sport and a great way to cross-train and stay in great shape.
Twisted Creek Paddlesports, Annapolis, (Anne Arundel County) - Twisted Creek Paddlesports offers guided tours and instructions on kayaks and stand up paddleboards.
Ultimate Watersports, Gunpowder River (Baltimore County) - Maryland’s oldest and largest stand up paddle board, kayak, sailing and windsurfing outfitter, has three full-time waterfront locations in Baltimore County, offering the best instruction, rentals, tours, summer camps, beach parties and team building events in the industry. Also specializing in Adventure Travel and On-Water Event Management, no one on the Chesapeake has more experience or passion for fun on the water!
Assateague Outfitters - Berlin (Worcester County) - Discover wildlife and try your hand at sustainable shell fishing or you can rent kayaks, paddle boards and bikes.
Blackwater Paddle and Pedal Adventures, Cambridge (Dorchester County) - Open year-round and located just minutes from Blackwater National Wildlife refuge, they offer bicycle, canoe and kayak rentals; guides available.
Eastern Shore Paddlers, Worton (Kent County) - Eastern Shore Paddlers, located on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, carries a lineup of the best boards, paddles and assorted items to meet your every need on the water.
OC SUP and Fitness - Ocean City, (Worcester County) - Paddle boards and various fitness classes. A delight for all ages.
Pocomoke River Canoe and Kayak Company, Snow Hill, (Worcester County) - Paddle the scenic Pocomoke River and Nassawango Creek. Take guided trips or paddle on your own. Experience flat water kayaking and canoeing at its best.
Shore Pedal and Paddle, St. Michaels (Talbot County) Shore Pedal & Paddle offers bicycle, kayak, stand-up paddleboard rentals, sales, guided tours and instructions.
48th Street Water Sports, Ocean City, (Worcester County) - Home of the stand up paddle board, also offering catamaran sailing instructions, rentals, kayak eco-tours and night paddles.