We have training courses covering Safety, Skills Improvement and also Instructor courses. All of the following courses are British Canoeing certified, with British Canoeing recently being named as one of the governing bodies for SUP in the UK. This means you’re learning from quality-tested and approved course content from certified instructors and providers. The courses below are open to all (age and/or pre-requisites are noted) and can be booked as bespoke training courses for your friends, family, team, colleagues or community groups. Feel free to email us with any queries on the content or booking.
Your Stand Up Paddleboard Sheltered Water Award will give you an understanding of how to plan and paddle an enjoyable and safe trip on a Stand Up Paddleboard. You will be able to journey in water that is no more than 200 metres from the shore and up to force 3 winds.
When paddling SUP you need to be in control. This award will develop a range of skills and knowledge to get you safely through your journey. Balance and control of the board is important. You will learn the correct feet, body positioning and strokes required to keep you balanced. This can be whilst moving forwards or whilst steering the board. Your Coach will also ask you to consider how you could adapt your plans if needed should conditions on the water change. You will also need to know how to rescue yourself or another paddler using a SUP should they, or you, get into difficulty.
Content & Assessment
During the course you will look at the environmental factors to determine how far you can safely travel from shore. Whilst identifying safe exit points and expanding your knowledge of rescue techniques. It will give you the proficient skills to adapt to problems and enable you to have a safe and enjoyable day out on a stand up paddleboard.
This will include:
- Getting Ready
- At the Venue
- At the Water
- SUP Skills
- After the Session
- Future Development
The SUP Sheltered Water Award has no formal assessment. Each day you spend SUP paddling will further expand your skills and knowledge. With no trips ever the same, you will never stop learning. You and your Coach will work through what you wish to focus on and tailor your sessions around your goals. The award will be certificated when you are ready.
In partnership with our friends at Laburnum Boat Club we can also recommend/offer:
- RYA Helms Course – 2 Days
- Paddlesport Instructor Award
- Aquatic First Aid (Level I / 1 Day)
- Paddlesport Safety & Rescue