Course Description

This is a British Canoeing course designed to appeal to anyone wanting to gain more knowledge and practical skills for Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP). Both coaches and paddlers are welcome to attend this course as an introduction to this exciting and growing new paddling discipline.
The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and develops an understanding of SUP. The course is a mix of theory but mostly practical activity to ensure everyone has time to try things out. A verity of boards and blades will be available to sample.  Core skills in paddlesport are re-visited and applied to an exciting new craft.
Module Aims: 

  • Provide a background to the various disciplines within SUP. 
  • Introduce different types of equipment including the issues of equipment design, size and modification to suit all individual requirements. 
  • Introduce and develop the knowledge of SUP specific techniques and tactics 
  • Explore some SUP safety and rescue specifics

When is it and How much?

Date: TBC Course tutor: Andy Oughton.

£75 to include:
SUP equipment
Certification fee (£17.50 members/£25 non-members)

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Learning outcomes

By the end of this module participants should be able to:

  • Understand the world wide development of the sport and the role of the various bodies on the field - British Canoeing, ASI, BSUPA, Sport England and AALS
  •  Understand equipment design and its application to SUP paddlesport.
  •  Be able to discuss the different activities that take place on an SUP.
  •  Understand the different types of board available, their characteristics and the different techniques used on them.
  •  Be able to deliver practical activities to enhance candidate’s learning and understanding of handling an SUP efficiently.
  •  Demonstrate candidate centred learning and application of knowledge appropriate to the coaching of an SUP paddler.

Typical session structure
The module includes both practical and theory sessions as detailed below. Theory sessions should be embedded with practical examples where appropriate.

What to wear

Suitable clothing to get wet including footwear. Please do not wear any denim or cotton based clothing.  If you would like to borrow a wetsuit please let us know in advance as sizes are limited.
Also, bring a change of clothes along with a towel.

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