Family SUP Fundamentals



A brand new family specific version of our popular SUP Fundamentals course, designed to give you the confidence to paddle safely as family and inspire a lifetime of adventure.

Based in Bristol Floating Harbour, the course includes both fundamental personal paddling and safety & rescue skills. On completion you will be able to pick out safe spots to paddle, and paddle efficiently in a range of conditions. You’ll leave with the knowledge to keep your family safe on the water, and with appropriate rescue skills to help yourself and others in difficulty.

Dates available:
Thur 3 June 10-5
Thurs 22 July 10-5
Friday 23 July 10-5


SKU: N/A Category:

Additional information

Who is it for?

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wants to get out and explore on their SUP independently with friends and family or as part of a club. You do not need to have your own paddleboard, but you are welcome to bring it with you if you do. We ask that you have been paddleboarding a few times and feel comfortable kneeling, standing and paddling a short journey.

Course content

Personal skills:

Lifting, carrying and launching
Efficient forward paddling
Steering strokes
Moving sideways
Kahi and reverse Kahi stroke (cross bow sweep)
Step back pivot turn
Personal risk management
Awareness of others
Equipment theory
Trip planning

Safety and rescue skills:

General theory and planning
Safety and Rescue protocols
Bank-based rescues
Coaching swimmers to shore
Rescuing swimmers from the shore
Rescue swimmer using a throw line
Rescue of conscious casualties from the water
Rescue a capsized paddler using a deep water rescue
Rescue of an unconscious paddler
Use of towlines

Course dates and times

Junior (13-15 yrs), 8-9 April 2021, 10:00-13:00, Youth (16-18 yrs), 8-9 April 2021, 14:00-17:00