LESSONS & TUITION

Learn to Safely Paddle on Rivers, Canals and Lakes…

SUP LESSONS AVAILABLE.

Learn to Safely Paddle on Rivers, Canals and Lakes…

Most of our lessons for 2021 will take place on the sheltered waters of Hayling Island. The water stays flat and safe in all but the worst weather!

Once this third lockdown has ended, we are opening a SUP Watersport Training Centre on Hayling Island, with direct access to the sea at Fishery Creek.

Your lead instructor, Tim Speller, is a Water Skills Academy qualified SUP Instructor. British Canoeing Stand Up Paddleboard Sheltered Water Coach and British Canoeing Stand Up Paddleboard Open Water Coach.

He is an RYA First Aider, RYA Powerboat and RYA Rescue Boat certified. We are fully insured and take your safety seriously.

Having worked in the events industry for many years, risk assessments of the lessons and the areas we will be paddling, will have been graded prior to the beginning of your session.

Our lessons will include:
• Delivery of equipment
• Set up of the board (from out of the bag)
• Hints and tips on pumping your inflatable board
• Consideration of the water you will be paddling on
• Instruction on the use of the board
• River licences and their implications
• Weather, hydration and PPE

British Canoeing Start SUP Award
2.5 Hours Course. £50.00 pP

This is the course to start with if you want to learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding.

Once you have kitted up, we will walk you down to the water where your equipment will be waiting for you. You will be introduced to the equipment we will be using then, getting onto the board, standing up and basic paddling. 

We will also cover how to fall in without risking injury, how to get back onto your board and how to launch safely before getting the group on board one-by-one. Kneeling to begin with, we’ll get you used to the board and paddle for a few minutes before helping everyone to get safely standing up and paddling and able to stop and turn around. 

We will then go upstream to allow the initial techniques to bed in before we start to look at more advanced techniques like the ‘reverse sweep turn’ and the ‘stepback turn’ for smoother and quicker transitions.

All the while, we’ll be working on the basics to ensure an efficient, comfortable paddle stroke – and before you know it, you’ll be paddling confidently! As we paddle back to our starting point downstream, we will discuss safety, weather, route planning basics and South Coast paddle spots.

British Canoeing Discover SUP Award
8 Hour Course. £120.00 pp

First Time Paddler

If you are keen and want to progress quickly, this course is suitable for beginners or those with a small amount of experience. 

This course, along with the basics, will help expand your basic paddling knowledge further.

This award will cover topics such as:

  • Encouraging independent decision making on different bodies of water (moving river, canal, estuary, harbour), covering safety and weather aspects
  • Preparing for self-guided adventures
  • Equipment you will need for a variety of paddle trips
  • Further developing your SUP paddling and rescue skills
  • Advanced paddling skills
  • Use of different type of paddle boards and paddles

If you want to develop your skills from you Start SUP Award, or feel you want to expand your basic paddling knowledge further this is the award you need.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:

• Waterproof sun block (factor 30 or above is advisable)
• Water bottle with water inside (preferably a reusable one, we recommend Kleen Canteen)
• Any medication you may need whilst on the water. 
• Change of clothing (especially underwear)
• Swimming costume to wear under your wetsuit.  
• Old trainers or water sport shoes (shoes you won’t mind getting wet!)
• Warm jacket to warm up the core when you come off the water.

* Please let me know if you cannot swim and I can supply a buoyancy aid for you.

British Canoeing SUP Explore Award
8 Hour course. £120.00 pp

Want to fine tune your skills before heading off on a paddle trail or self-guided adventure?

Would like to control your craft and stay safe on the water, this is the award for you. In this award you will take ownership of your own decisions and learn to make confidence choices based on the paddle, wind, tide and weather.

This award will cover:

  • Emphasis on independence
  • On the water etiquette and how to share the space with other water users
  • Different environments you can paddle (lakes, rivers, canals, estuaries)
  • Controlling your kayak, canoe or SUP safely
  • Clothing and equipment needs for different environments and weather
  • Safe exploration

 

This award recognises your ability to independently paddle your craft in a sheltered water environment.

EXPLORER GUIDED TOURS: £50.00pp​

Fishery Creek Training Day

Our Guided SUP Tours are suitable for the more experienced paddler who have a couple of hours of time on the water already. 

Choose between the Basingstoke Canal, The River Wey or Langstone Harbour on Hayling Island.

Guided SUP Tours are 2-3 hours duration.

WHAT TO BRING WITH YOU:

• Waterproof sun block (factor 30 or above is advisable)
• Water bottle with water inside (preferably a reusable one, we recommend Kleen Canteen)
• Any medication you may need whilst on the water.
• Change of clothing (especially underwear)
• Swimming costume to wear under your wetsuit.
• Old trainers or water sport shoes (shoes you won’t mind getting wet!)
• Warm jacket to warm up the core when you come off the water.

* Please let me know if you cannot swim and I can supply a buoyancy aid for you.

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