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Summer 'SUP Safer' taster course

Have you ever thought you would like to have a go at Stand-up Paddleboarding? If you want to find out more about this up and coming paddle sport and learn a new set of sporting skills, well, look no further!

New for May-September 2023, Newbury Canoe Club are offering members and non-members (18yrs and over) a 3hr SUP Safer Taster course from May to September.

Who is it for?

This course is designed for new or novice Stand Up Paddleboarders, wanting to gain knowledge and raise awareness of personal safety. This course will give you the opportunity to develop your paddling skills so that you are safe when taking to the water.


We have 5 dates available with 4 places on each day. Places will be allocated on 1st come basis. Payment by BACS to be made before the course.

This course will be held on a Saturday 9am-12pm once a month between May and September. Actual timings and dates maybe subject to change due to weather conditions.

· May 27th

· June 24th

· July 22nd

· August 26th

· September 23rd


The cost of the course is £35pp


· 9am-9:15am – Arrive and welcome

· 9:15am – 9:30am - Get ready and change

· 9:30am-10am – SUP equipment and kit/Safety

· 10am-10:30am – Basic getting on/off the board and standing

· 10:30am-12pm – On the water, Practice and Rescues

· 12pm – Change and leave


· You must be 18yrs or over

· You must be able to swim 50m in clothing (without a buoyancy aid)

· You will be getting wet, please bring a change of clothes

· Please bring water and energy snacks (Water refills from NCC kitchen and warm drinks)

What should I bring?

Please wear suitable clothing for being in the water.

Wet shoes/neoprene wet socks if you have them. Light pumps will work as long as they are ok to get wet. Leggings/shorts (appropriate for the weather), t-shirt, long or short sleeved, windproof jacket and thin but warm tops/trousers.

It is better to have a few thin layers rather than one thick layer

What's Provided:

· Stand-Up Paddleboard

· Paddle

· Leash/QR Belt

· Fin

· Buoyancy Aid

We have on-site facilities for changing etc and a kitchen with drinking water to re-fill water bottles and warm drinks if needed.

What you will get from this course

Participants will receive crib cards to remind you of the topics we have covered. It is always safer to paddle in groups rather than on your own. This course will help you understand the safety and planning of any trips with fellow paddlers you may want to do, along with some skills on SUPing.

Once you have completed this course please do join as a member with NCC to continue developing SUP skills and meet other like-minded members. You will be able to use SUP club equipment only or simply bring your own. If you are using SUP club equipment, the ruling is you need to be paddling in a group of 3.

We encourage all paddlers to obtain a British Canoeing On the Water membership, which includes a waterways licence and insurance to paddle over 4,500km of river navigations and canals across England and Wales.

If you wish to further your paddling skills into kayaking, the club run a series of beginner's course's throughout the summer.

How do I book?

Register via the events link on the home page

For all enquiries please contact the SUP Instructor, Caroline Read



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