British Canoeing SUP Discipline Support Module


The British Canoeing SUP Discipline Support Module is designed to assist (aspirant) coaches and leaders who want to gain more knowledge about the specialist discipline of SUP. The course introduces and explains the basic techniques and strategies for working with SUPs.

The course is a mix of theory and practical activity to ensure everyone has time to try things out. The module seeks to support the continuing process of good practice on the water, with the syllabus written to focus on people who are working with beginners.

Course 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 coaches/leaders knowledge of SUP specific techniques and tactics
  • Support the coach or leader apply coaching/leadership skills when working with SUPs
  • Explore SUP safety and rescue techniques

Download the syllabus (pdf)

2021 dates

Fri 19 Feb
Fri 19 March
Fri 23 April
Fri 21 May
Fri 11 June
Fri 9 July
Fri 3 Sep
Fri 1 Oct

Use the calendar below to pick your date and book online.

Private dates and locations by arrangement. Please email.

Bespoke courses

Can’t see a date that works for you? We’ll deliver a course for you (4 minimum). We have delivered courses all over the UK from Chichester to Cumbria and have a range of boards and paddles (including premium race boards) to try if you don’t yet have your own. Contact us for details.

Course length: 6 hours (1 day)

Prerequisites: Although the course is designed for coaches and leaders (or aspiring coaches/leaders), there are no formal prerequisites.

Duration: Six hours (10am–4pm)

Venue: Baltic Wharf, Bristol Floating Harbour (and UK-wide)
Course price: £80 including board hire
Certification (paid on your behalf to British Canoeing): £17.50 members, £25 non-members
Contact us about our group rates.


Additional information

Group size


No formal prerequisites for non coaching paddlers, Existing BC Level 1 coach or above for coaches


We'll do this for you. Just bring your British Canoeing number on the day.

Course aims: This module aims to provide an overview of stand up paddleboarding (SUP) and the fundamental techniques and skills for coaching SUP. The course is recommended for existing paddlesports coaches interested in pursuing SUP and developing coaching/analysis skills specific to SUP.

This course will:

  • Provide an insight into current SUP development including the role of the BCU, Water Skills Academy (WSA), British Stand Up Paddleboard Association (BSUPA), Academy of Surfing Instructors (ASI) and Adventure Activities Licencing Service (AALS)
  • Introduce the different types of equipment including the issues of equipment design, size and modification to suit individual requirements
  • Provide a background to the various disciplines within SUP paddling and the specific techniques that apply to each
  • Provide a fun and informative way of using practical based coaching techniques to improve candidate’s understanding of SUP on sheltered water, enabling the coach to build a solid background for paddlers to progress into their chosen area of SUP
  • Provide coaches with SUP specific observation and analysis information
  • Reinforce the transferability of technique and skill between other paddlesport disciplines and SUP

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 – BCU, 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


We’re proud of the excellent feedback we consistently receive:

  • Thank you so much for a very insightful and enjoyable course – Cheryl
  • Most enjoyable and informative – Paul
  • It’s clear that you are really passionate and inclusive about paddling – Charlie
  • I was definitely in the cynical category before the session but was really encouraged by the sport itself, the coaching I received and your very genuine approach.
  • You led the course with a knowledge and enthusiasm that was infectious. Thank you for an excellent course. We look forward to introducing many young people to the world of watersports through SUP!
  • Fantastic course, good venue and range of skills covered. Awesome set up – thanks!
  • A great introduction to teaching SUP skills. Nice progression and fun too. Nicely linked to kayak/canoe skills and awards. Thank you!
  • Really good progression from very basic skills up to more advanced.
  • Tim was excellent. Pitched to exactly the right level for all the candidates. Fun and informative without being patronising.
  • Great venue for introducing the sport!
  • Great course. Having started the day with minimal SUP experience I felt very at ease by the end of the day. Tim was also a good listener which is often rarer than you might think from some coaches.
  • Best BCU course I’ve ever been on. Thank you SUP Bristol!
  • I found the SUP course fun and informative. Good course. Very enjoyable, enthusiastic instructor. Very informative. Good to try different types of boards. Practically based.
  • Great structure and well organised. Good intro to SUP. I’m looking forward to the future!
  • Good pace to the course with opportunities to practice. Good fun, delivery was good. Approachable and open to ideas. Much appreciated!
  • Great practical hands on course giving useful skills and ideas for running sessions. Nice pace and content. Informative up-to-date information with a knowledgable, enthusiastic instructor in a great setting! The course was adaptable to weather challenges and there was an excellent variety of boards to try at the end too.
  • Clear, concise information. Enjoyable. Fun. Lovely coffee. All go! (as in, not too much sitting about!)
  • Well presented, informative with interesting discussion points and useful progression ideas. The safety session was invaluable.
  • I found this course fun and informative. Tim was very approachable. I particularly liked the play with safety and towing options. I’m keen to learn more!
  • Friendly and informative, nice and relaxed. Facilities are good. Friendly, informed instruction. Practically based for the majority and where appropriate. Good variety of equipment and facilities