Learn to SUP from our team of experts at £35 per person / 90 minute session.

SUP Stratford Instructors are Water Skills Academy / British Canoe Union certified. Each session starts with a safety briefing, familiarisation demonstration of the equipment and instructions on how to get started on paddleboarding up the river. 

Our sessions take place place at the Riverside Caravan Park on Tiddington Road, Stratford-upon-Avon. This is one of the quieter sections of the River Avon which provides our SUP’ers a chance to acclimatise to their new skill with minimal distractions from the surroundings. SUP Stratford instructors are ever ready to support and guide learners through the 90 minute sessions to help improve confidence in the sport.

The sessions include coaching on how to go forward and backwards, how to stand on the board and the correct position and three turns; reverse stroke, sweep stroke and step back turn. 

What To Expect

Our experienced instructors will measure you to help find the right board and paddle for you. Once kitted up, you will be briefed on how to control your paddle and board. To make sure that everyone has the best experience possible, we will also walk through some river etiquette to ensure that we are all having fun while respecting the wildlife and other people on the river. All sessions will end at the start location.

What To Bring

We will provide life vests for safety. SUP'ers are encouraged to wear unrestrictive clothing (i.e. gym clothes, swimsuit with leggings or boardshorts) and trainers for SUP. While coming off the board in the river can happen, it does not occur to everyone. Wet suits can be worn during cold weather but they are not necessary. SUP'ers are also encouraged to bring a spare change of clothes, towel, suncream, water and a snack.

General Safety

SUP Stratford Instructors are certified first aiders and carry first aid equipment to ensure safety of participants. All children under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and wear a helmet for the activity.

The Kit

The fee includes the rental of a paddleboard, paddle, ankle leash and life vest. You will also have access to a dry bag for your small valueables (i.e. phone, wallet, keys). The paddleboards that we supply are designed for stability and balance to help avoid tumbles into the water.

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