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Sanibel Recreation Center to offer new paddleboarding course

December 14, 2018
Island Reporter, Captiva Current, Sanibel-Captiva Islander

The Sanibel Recreation Center will offer a Paddleboarding 101 Course in January.

Students will learn to paddle efficiently and safely in a variety of flat-water conditions. They will also become confident reading the local water, wind, tide and identifying hazards, while familiarizing themselves with stand-up paddleboard equipment, how it is made and its care.

Cost is $320 for members and $400 for non-members.

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Course dates and times:

- Jan. 14 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; meet at the center

- Jan. 16, from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; meet at Causeway Island A

- Jan. 18 from 8:30 to 11 a.m.; meet at Causeway Island A


- Completed waivers

- Age 18 and older; ages 14-17 years may participate with registered parent/guardian

- Comfortable in water

Able to swim 25 yards, tread water for 60 seconds, and move unassisted from kneeling to standing on a paddleboard

Participants must provide:

- Water and snack

- Sunscreen

- Hat and long sleeve shirt

- Water shoes (optional)

The instructor, Wil Compton, brings decades of local "on the water" experience in paddling, surfing and sailing. He holds a 50-ton United States Coast Guard Masters' Boat Captain License and is a South West Florida Academy of Surfing Instructors/American Canoe Association Level 2 Certified Instructor.

Compton's passion is teaching and sharing Sanibel's vast waters.

For more information, email Compton at



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