SUP Fundamentals Course



Our popular SUP Fundamentals course is designed to give you the confidence to paddle independently.

This course includes both fundamental personal paddling and safety & rescue skills. On completion you will be able to paddle efficiently and effectively in a range of conditions. You’ll leave equipped with skills to ensure your own safety and that of others, and with appropriate rescue skills to help yourself and others in difficulty. 

We find people tend go on to buy their own kit, paddle with friends, organise their own trips, and train as instructors.

Days: Tue or Wed Evenings (18:30) or Sat mornings (9:00)
Course length: 4 week course (same time every week)
Location: Bristol Harbour (BS1 6XG)
Duration: 6 hours (1.5 hours/week)

2023 Start Dates (sessions run weekly for four weeks from this date)

Wed 9 Aug 18:30-20:00
Sat 12 Aug 9:00-10:30

Wed 6 Sept 18:00-19:30
Sat 9 Sept 9:00-10:30

Can’t make a weekly commitment? We’re also running a course over one full day – on Sunday 20th August. Please select below. 

Spaces always sell out quickly – book early. Please select your start date from the calendar below.


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
Buoyancy aids, leashes and belts
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