How Do I Start?
Our stand-up paddle-boarding members meet regularly, both at the club and for exploring other local water venues, and they have a lively on-line social group. They will be pleased to take you out on a taster session to learn a few basic skills and get confident on the water, using one of the club hire boards.
Our ASI qualified instructors run SUP Wise courses during the summer; these allow groups of up to eight paddle-boarders to practice correct techniques for posture, balance and safety in a fun and informal 2-hour session. Like our RYA sailing and windsurfing courses, the ASI SUP Wise qualification is the foundation of a series of skills that can take you from novice to advanced expert. You can learn more here.
Stand-up paddle boarding is the world’s fastest growing water-sport, not least because the investment in equipment (and the space to store it) is far lower than other activities. The club boards and our members’ boards are all inflatables rather than rigid boards. These are robust and easy to deflate and store, and come in different lengths, widths and volumes to suit different weights and skill levels.
We recommend that novices don’t buy a board until they have tried out a selection of brands and sizes during a SUP Wise course: it’s important to choose the right size for you, and discount store brands don’t have the stiffness of premium brand boards, which affects your balance and confidence on the water. The club can arrange discounts from board shops on a range of high-quality boards.
Taking SUP Further
Yes, we do that! Studies across Europe show that just a couple of hours a week in proximity to water – or even better being on it – improves physical and mental wellbeing, with higher levels of vitamin D and serotonin, clearer mindfulness, less stress and better social relations.
So, combining paddle-boarding with a friendly and sociable exercise regime will keep you topped up for the rest of the week.