On the water
On the water
On the water
Born from surfing routes in Hawaii, stand-up paddleboards float on the water and are propelled along with the use of a long paddle. Most paddleboards are inflatable (iSUP), though you really can’t tell when you are on one! Whether you want to cruise along rivers, play in the surf, get wild on white-water, take a trip with the kids and your pooch, or try your balance with a little SUP Yoga. This water sport really does have something for everyone.
Anyone can try their hands at stand-up paddleboarding and flat water is best for beginner's. First, start by kneeing and as your confidence grows, you'll be able to stand up and use your paddle. If you’ve caught the SUP bug and brought your own board, you’ll need to know how to make that board move like a pro! Be able to read water and weather conditions and know what to wear for maximum enjoyment and safety.
Whilst most people can stand and manage to paddle along without too much trouble if you want to be confident and safe on the water a little coaching can go a long way!
Below is a list of recognised SUP accreditors:
Top up your paddle skills from the comfort of your own home with the ISUP SMART course from Water Skills Academy. At £45.00 you will enjoy an interactive theory course with a certified WSA instructor, covering equipment, weather, and navigation, managing hazards and associated paddle risks, SUP rescue techniques and more.
River. Canal. Lake. Reservoir. Coast. You and your iSUP can travel the world, experiencing and enjoying every type of waterway there is! iSUPs (inflatable stand-up paddle board) roll down and pack into a carry bag, many with wheels, making it easy to transport and find new places to explore.
Some rivers have free access such as my home the Wye others require a licence. To be sure you’re covered grab yourself a paddle membership with Water Skills Academy and you will receive a Canal and Rivers Trust Licence granting you access to over 3,000km of waterways. As a bonus you’ll also receive 10 million public and civil liability insurance. Launch and landing points particularly along rivers can be private access only. A useful site to check for access is Go Paddling.
Paddling on rivers requires knowledge of weather and water conditions to paddle safely, particularly if the rivers are tidal.
Some of my favourite paddling has been on lakes in the Lake District. Ullswater, Wastwater and Derwent Water are particularly beautiful! Many of the big lakes around England and Scotland allow access to the public. Whilst private lakes such as those at South Cerney in the Cotswolds require membership and a recognised branded board if you’re bringing your own kit.
Lakes are a super safe start place for newbie paddlers.
There are some stunning reservoirs in the Brecon Beacons but these do require a licence from a certified water sports provider. Look out for local SUP schools running events in these stunning locations.
There's no shortage of places to hire a iSUP and you can do so for as little as a couple of hours or an entire day. If you love it, you'll want to have your own board.
As with all new hobbies, we start small with our kit and build up. Here’s my list of ‘must haves’:
If you buy a board package these items will come together. Accredited SUP Instructors and SUP Schools no longer promote coiled leashes attached directly to the leg, due to safety concerns. Therefore, a quick release belt which attaches the leash to your waist is a MUST!
Once you have the basics you can slowly add to your kit to help extend your time on the water
Safe paddling is happy paddling, follow my 5 simple steps to keep yourself safe.
Fancy coming and giving SUP a try?
Join a SUP social, community paddle or a SUP litter pick in association with Planet Patrol. There's also a number of guided paddles and beginners courses - search online for your closest or ask your local hire company. If you're looking for something different, there's even SUP yoga and doggie paddle boarding!
At Paddleboarding Adventures were keen to get the whole family out on the water, so we offer a range of experiences to suit the paddler.
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