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Stand Up Paddle

2024 will be mark my 11th season on the water, leading paddleboard outings, lessons and classes to families, friends and first timers!

I welcome you to explore my class schedule and offerings below.


Please sign up in advance to help me allocate your gear and have it ready when you arrive.

Space is limited in all classes. 


If a group setting is not your jam for learning stand up paddle, I encourage you to book a private lesson where we can go at your own pace to build your confidence and paddleboard technique

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From ancient civilizations to present day, the full moon is celebrated as a time to cleanse the spirit and align with the moon’s peak energy to manifest desires.


In our Full Moon Manifestation Floating Yoga, we enjoy a soothing flow that harmonizes to the setting sun and rising moon. Laugh, breathe and sink into nature’s calm in this all levels practice.


Beginners to SUP and yoga are always welcome.

Make an entire evening out of it by grabbing dinner before class at Charly's Waterfront


July 21, 8pm


B'More SUP

Booking Link


Class + Board Rental $40

Class Only (BYOBoard) $28


SUP Stroke Technique Lessons & Group SUP Socials

I love teaching classes to private groups, and customizing an experience for your crew!

How to book: Drop me a note in the contact box below to curate your outing. 


We can meet at your waterside launch or you can come to my place near the Magothy River. 









Individual Lesson • $75

Groups of 2 • $130

Groups of 3 • $60 pp

Groups of 4 • $55 pp

Groups of 5-10 • $40 pp

*Prices includes rental gear.

Become a Certified
Stand Up Paddle Instructor

PSUPA Flatwater Level 1 Certification Course


Gain the skills you need to teach classes confidently and safely. Our hybrid online/in person course emphasizes water safety, leadership, stroke technique, and rescue procedures, along with basics of running a SUP business.

Led by PSUPA Instructor Trainer Carleen Birnes

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Now Booking Summer 2024

Carleen Birnes leads PSUPA Flatwater Level 1 Certification for private groups and individuals.

The certification covers the technique and teaching skills needed to lead SUP classes confidently and safely. The curriculum emphasizes water safety, leadership, and teaching risk management and rescue procedures. 

This certification course is designed for convenience, offering a hybrid learning model that includes: self-paced online coursework and an in-person water practicum with Carleen in Severna Park, MD. 

Online Course: 

  • Comprehensive digital manual & video content

  • Learn at your own pace

  • Complete the online exam from home

  • Refer back to the course anytime to stay fresh on material

Water Training Day:

  • Only one travel day

  • Water safety - emergency preparedness and rescue techniques

  • Understanding of weather and conditions

  • On-water group management and communication

  • How to teach the basic elements of stand up paddling

  • Approach and considerations of teaching students of varying ages, abilities, skill levels, and limitations

  • Lesson formats and preparation

  • Refining your own paddle stroke and maneuvering technique

  • SUP gear and equipment overview

Certification is awarded upon completing the course. This includes passing the online test and achieving a satisfactory evaluation of your teaching, leadership skills and attention to safety. 

Certification Requirements:

  • Participants join PSUPA membership prior to attending the cert. Annual fee $85

  • Participants must have a current hands-on (ie., not online-based) First Aid/CPR certification or Wilderness First Aid or Lifeguard Training prior to water training

  • Participants must take online exam after certification course. Test fee $40

  • Participants must wear USCG approved buoyant PFD for water training

  • Paddleboard is not included in the course fee. Inquire for rental rates


  • Online coursework - Complete at your own pace from your homebase

  • On the Water Training - Severna Park, Maryland

How to Register:

Book your entrance into the program HERE, then email me to schedule your water training date and receive your online payment link. Once paid, students will be given access to the online course. 



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