Learn to stand-up paddleboard with an ASI accredited SUP school. Lessons, technical coaching, tours and adventures.

Let's go for a paddle!

Who we are

Wittering SUP is an ASI accredited SUP school based on the River Avon at the Arden Sailing Club in Defford, near to Pershore and Evesham in Worcestershire, run by ASI Technical SUP coach, James Wittering and ASI SUP instructor, yoga teacher and level 2 open water swimming coach, Alex Wittering. We are so lucky to be based close to such beautiful, tranquil waters just a short drive away from Worcester, Birmingham, Stratford-upon-Avon, the Cotswolds and the nearby market towns of Cheltenham and Gloucester, so if you're visiting the area and fancy learning to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) we'd love to hear from you :)

Our philosophy

Our aim is to make stand-up paddleboarding as accessible as possible whilst following our philosophy of helping folks escape the noise of modern life, reconnect with nature and loved ones whilst learning a new, confidence building skill that you can take with you on all your travels and adventures. Our approach is patient, calming and whatever is the exact opposite of stress; everyone is a little nervous doing something new for the first time but our teaching style is designed to help you progress at your speed and ensure you have a blissed out time on the water :)

Our qualifications

We are committed to providing best in class instruction, service and safety for our customers; this is why we have become an ASI accredited SUP school. Our qualifications and experience ensure that our instruction, water safety training and safeguarding skills remain at the very highest industry standards. We teach to the highest technical standards and adhere to a robust water safety protocol.

Our most popular sessions


Learn to Stand-up Paddleboard Group Sessions (best for families)


Ideal for complete beginners (or novice paddlers looking for a refresher) with full instruction and all gear provided (boards, paddles and buoyancy aids) Perfect for a fun family adventure or learning something new and exciting with pals! Everything you need to get started in SUP!


Stand-up Paddleboard River Safari For Beginners (best for adventurers)


For adventurous beginners or intermediates looking for a refresher and a tranquil wiildlife tour. You'll learn how to stand up paddleboard followed by a peaceful tour of the beautiful river Avon to enjoy the tranquillity and local wildlife.


Private 1-2-1 Stand-up Paddleboard Coaching (best for technical skills)


This 2-hour 1-2-1 training and touring session is perfect for beginners who want to go from complete novice to proficient paddler or existing paddlers looking to improve their technique. This is not a group session; you'll have the complete attention of an ASI SUP instructor.


SUP Experience Gift Vouchers

Give them the gift of SUP! Perfect for birthdays, Christmas or Anniversaries; our gift vouchers are a pretty special present, something fun to look forward to outside, close to nature and just about the best way to escape the chaos of modern life and enjoy a bit of well earned tranquility :)

Reviews & Testimonials



Average review rating (Facebook & AirBnB)


Fantastic morning paddling from Eckington Bridge. I think I'm hooked on it and will be booking in again very soon. Really relaxed session and great instructor, everyone should try it. Tim P. FB
"James made this the most chilled out and gorgeous experience. Tranquility, clear and calm instruction, we did a great paddle from eckington bridge and it included everything you could want from this trip; peace, giggles, wildlife, learning a new skill, stunning views and more" Hannah FB
Had a really good introductory session with James, lovely site on the River Avon at Eckington Bridge, thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend James to anyone who wants to get started in this great sport! Tim A. FB
Brilliant time on the river, friendly instructor, made us feel really comfortable and let you make your own progress...would highly recommend for an adventure. Thanks James!! Dan FB
Thank you James, lucie & Graeme had a great bank holiday morning on the water :) such a beautiful part of the river ... Anyone thinking of giving this a go you must, James is a brilliant teacher & the spot where he teaches from is idyllic. Amanda FB
Such a lovely, easy going instructor giving complete confidence and total, blissful relaxation and adventure. Christina FB

Had a beginners lesson today with my dad and James was an amazing teacher! His instructions were easy to follow and made it seem much less daunting. He’s so helpful and chatty, and you get loads of time on the water - it’s great value. Can’t wait to come back Chloe FB
Great morning paddling down the River Avon from Eckington Bridge. First time but will be booking it again very soon. Very relaxed session and great instructor, highly recommended. Mark FB
This sport is easy to fall in love with! When James first took me out on his boards I was instantly hooked. James has heaps of experience and made my first paddle adventure first class. Highly recommend Wittering SUP. Matt FB
James was a fantastic teacher and had us all standing up paddleboarding in minutes. He was incredibly patience with us and let us all have a a really fun morning. I would recommend this to anyone! We were a mixed ability group and he taught us all so that we all got the hang of it much quicker than expected. I would go again! Lily Airbnb
James is a very genuine, kind, relaxed guy who is fully qualified and takes safety seriously, but is very relaxed about the activity. I would recommend paddle-boarding as it is great fun and something I have never done before, but will definitely do again. I would highly recommend James as he is so very skilled at what he does and puts you at ease. John Airbnb
I bought this paddle-boarding experience for my partner's birthday present. From the moment we are arrived, James made us feel really welcome. He had a great manner, and a lovely way of teaching. This was my partner's first experience of taking part in this activity, and James found ways around some of the physical issues my partner has, so that he was still able to fully take part and enjoy this experience. I was a really lovely day and it looked like everyone had a super time on the river. Thank you for a wonderful memory James. Juliet Airbnb

Say Hi!

Get in touch to find out more about any of our lessons, adventures or corporate experiences :) Please note we don't currently offer board/equipment hire or self-launch facilities.

07850 938255    bookings@witteringsup.co.uk

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