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Introduction to SUP

£30 per person

This course is designed for complete novices or for those who have been on a SUP before but have had no or minimal instruction.

It is the gateway to SUP with The SHAC and is a pre-requisite for taking part in our Freeride sessions & River Safaris.  The Introduction to SUP Course lasts sixty minutes in which you will learn the fundamentals of SUP including:

  1. Self Rescue – this is the most important skill to learn before venturing into paddling on your own or with your family in other locations – you will be required to get in the water. 
  2. Assisting another paddler to self rescue – this gives you the knowledge to help others in trouble whether it be someone you know or a stranger. 
  3. Weather and environmental considerations.
  4. Fundamental Sup Safety equipment – what we use and why?
  5. Basic paddling and turning techniques.
  6. Dynamic risk assessment – why and how to assess personal risk in multiple locations and conditions. 

Price of £30 per person includes full instruction and board hire in a relaxed and fun environment.

Minimum swim requirement 25m.

Normally all paddlers must be 16 or over. We also run sessions for 8 years and up, for people with younger paddlers (under 16) wanting to take part in an Intro Course by arrangement – please email us. It covers all the same information as in the Adult Intro to SUP Session. All under 16’s on this session must be accompanied by an adult. 

Read this before you Book

  • Every SUPer must attend a SHAC Introduction to Sup Course before booking a Freeride session and before getting access to the big lake at Buckland. This can also be achieved by booking a private Family and Friends Intro to SUP Session or a Junior SUP Club course as appropriate.  This applies to everyone, even those with own boards. This ensures that you can self rescue before you embark on your SUP adventure with us.
  • Freeride SUP and Introduction sessions are suitable for paddlers aged 16 & above. Family and Friends sessions and 1 to 1 sessions have no minimum age limit, so long as paddlers are water confident and can swim 25m - same rules for Junior SUP Club except minimum age is 8 years old. 
  • Children must be accompanied on the water at all times by a responsible adult unless they are being coached 1 to 1 by us or taking part in Junior SUP Club
  • Wetsuits aren’t essential during the warmer months but are available to hire on the day
  • Every Freeride paddler must be checked in with a band
  • Personal Floating Devices /buoyancy aids must be used on ALL under 16’s
  • Any under 16’s going onto the big lake at Buckland must be accompanied by an adult both of which must have done intro and self rescue.
  • Only one person per board at all times