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SUP 'Start' and 'Discover' course 2024

For 2024 Newbury Canoe Club are offering members and non-members a

6hr SUP 'Start and Discover' course

from May to August.

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 4 dates available with 8 places on each day. Places will be allocated on a 1st come basis.

This course will be held on a Saturday 9am- 3pm once a month between May and August. 

Actual timings and dates maybe subject to change due to weather conditions etc.

  • May 11th 

  • June 8th 

  • July 6th 

  • August 3rd 



The cost of the course is £120 pp

Payment by BACS to be made before the course. 


Prices may be modified for couples/families who wish to participate.

If an existing member of NCC wishes to learn new skills and SUP or kayak, the fee will £50.

Please contact Caroline to arrange


  • You must be 18yrs or over

  • Children above the age of 14 will be allowed on the course if accompanied by parent/carer

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

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·

  • 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'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

This year we have increased what you get from the course, thus reflected in the price.

  • Paddle UK 'Start' award

  • Paddle UK 'Discover' award

  • Free club membership for one year which will allow you to use all SUP club equipment and facilities.

  • Crib cards to remind you of the topics covered.


  • 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 excursion 

  • 12pm – 12:30pm – Lunch 

  • 12:30pm-1:30pm – on the water excursion/games 

  • 1:30pm – 2:30pm – Rescues 

  • 2:30pm – 3pm – change/de-brief and leave

How do I book?

Register via the events link on the home page

On confirmation of registration make payment via BACS of £120

Account name: Newbury Canoe Club

Sort Code: 30-95-89

Account Number: 45987168

Reference <SUP surname>


If you are unable to attend the course you may cancel up to 5 days prior to the date 

You will  have the option of rearranging for an alternative date upon availability, or receive a full refund.

If you cancel within 5 days a refund will only be made if we are able to fill your space. You may transfer your place with a friend. 

Becoming a paddler

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. Whilst you may come to feel more equipped individually it is always safer to paddle in groups rather than on your own.

As a member with NCC you will get to continue developing SUP skills, meet other like-minded members and become part of our growing paddling community. You will be able to use SUP club equipment only or simply bring your own. When using NCC equipment it is a requirement that you must paddle in groups of 3 or more.

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

For all course enquiries please contact Caroline Read

For all other course we are running go to

For more information regarding British Canoeing awards go to

For all other information regarding British Canoeing and its membership, they are now rebranded as Paddle UK


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