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Social SUP Group Sessions For Beginners

Learn to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) on the beautiful River Avon with Wittering SUP; an ASI accredited SUP school and a British Canoeing Delivery Partner.

We are COVID19 Secure Audited by the ASI.

We know that you might be the only one in your gang who is ready to give this a go but don't let that hold you back! Unlike our group sessions with a minimum booking of 2 people, our social paddle session are for adventurers who like to fly solo. If you’ve always wanted to learn how to stand-up paddleboard (or have previously dabbled on some rental boards and would like to learn properly) with a fully qualified instructor in a beautiful location and a group of like minded souls then this is the experience for you. This session is about learning to SUP with a social vibe!

Stand up For Nature
For every ticket sold (including gift vouchers), not only will we plant a much needed tree in a deserving reforestation project, but we will also donate £2 towards our local Kemerton Conservation Trust; the custodians of our beautiful local landscape and it's wildlife. Together we will stand up for nature.

This activity is perfect for..
Complete beginners (or novice paddlers looking for a refresher) with full instruction and all gear provided (boards, paddles and buoyancy aids) Just bring yourself and we'll take care of everything else :)

Activity duration: approximately 1.5hrs.
Trip location: Arden Sailing Club to the Swan’s Neck via Eckington Bridge.
Ages 18+
Min booking of 1 - Max group size of 5. All participants must be able to swim 50m.
Cost: £45 per person

What you'll be doing
  • Meet and greet at the Sailing Club, lots of smiles and high-fives 😃
  • We kit you out with your paddle, board and safety gear
  • You will learn all about paddleboards, their key features, accessories and different types
  • Our land based briefing (approx 15 minutes) will teach you:
  • How to kneel paddle (forwards / backwards / turning)
  • How to transition from kneeling to standing
  • How to paddle correctly (including the 5 phases of the paddle stroke)
  • Safety and self rescue techniques; how to fall correctly and how to get back on your board
  • We will then carry our boards to the water, get in and practice our kneel paddling techniques
  • Once everybody is happy and confident (usually about 15 minutes) we will start to explore down the river, taking turns to practice transitioning from kneeling to standing (never rushing this bit, all at your own pace) and have lots of fun getting to know each other as you learn a new skill and find out for yourself why SUP is the fastest growing watersport in the world!
  • Learn how to safely exit the water followed by your debriefing and more high-fives all around!

Additional Information

1COVID19 Secure Audited
All our sessions will be socially distanced, hygienic and will adhere to government guidelines and advice from British Canoeing, the ASI and the Avon Navigation Trust as these evolve over time as well as meeting our own internal COVID19 risk assessment standards. We are ASI COVID19 Secure Audited.
2On-site facilities
Wittering SUP HQ is based at Arden Sailing Club where we have toilets, changing rooms, light refreshments, picnic tables and secure parking onsite.
3What is included?
Our sessions include all the gear you need to get on the water, we’ll kit you out with an adjustable paddle (we’ll adjust this to your height when you arrive). You’ll be learning on a beautiful 10’6” Sandbanks SUP Style Art Board. Safety leash on every board and buoyancy aids if required.
4What should you wear?
We just ask that you dress for the weather; board shorts and tee shirts are a favourite in the Summer, or perhaps your yoga or gym outfit. Quick-drying and sun-safe are a good choice (don't forget your suncream on a warm day). During the cooler months you may want to wear a few layers or perhaps a hoody; feel free to bring your own wetsuit. On my feet I prefer a physical connection with my board so I tend to go barefoot, but any water-shoe is fine or even a pair of old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. A towel and a change of clothes are a good idea, just in case ;)
5Feeling a little unsure?
New skills outside of our comfort zone can always seem a little daunting, but we are always SO much more capable than we think we are. We are passionate about making sure everybody feels safe, confident and happy with their experience; our approach is gentle, supportive and compassionate and you have nothing to worry about; we’ll look after you :)
6Refund & Cancellation Policy
We have to plan ahead and session spaces are limited so we offer a full refund if you notify us of your cancellation 2 weeks before your session or a 50% refund a week before your booked session (gift voucher sessions are non-refundable). We only operate under the safest conditions, as such if the weather (wind), or water (flow/flood) conditions are not appropriate for beginner’s lessons we will notify you and arrange a more suitable date for your experience.
7Gift vouchers / Pre-bought tickets
To redeem an experience gift voucher with us, simply select a date to book your session and at the checkout click the 'Enter promo code' link at the top and enter your unique, 5 digit voucher code (found at the bottom of your voucher email or card) and a 100% discount will be applied to your purchase :)
James the instructor has a very calm and reassuring manner that puts you at ease. just a lovely relaxing experience paddling up the river. good value for money too. I loved every minute

Susan - Facebook

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