Learn to stand-up paddleboard (SUP) and enjoy a mini SUP safari on the beautiful River Avon with Wittering SUP; an ASI accredited SUP school and a British Canoeing Delivery Partner. COVID19 LATEST: All our sessions are socially distanced, hygienic and adhere to government guidelines, advice from British Canoeing, the ASI and the Avon Navigation Trust as these evolve over time. Alongside our own internal COVID19 risk assessment standards, we are COVID19 Secure Audited by the ASI. Perfect for absolute beginners, you'll learn how to stand up paddleboard followed by a peaceful tour of the beautiful river Avon to enjoy the tranquillity and local wildlife (kingfishers, deer, herons, wagtails, skylarks, swallows, Canada Geese, swans, buzzards, Red Kites, otters and even rare curlews at moment!). With an ASI qualified SUP instructor (and all gear provided), you will learn everything you need to start your paddleboarding adventure; how to kneel and ultimately stand on a board, correct paddle-stroke and turning techniques as well as safety and equipment knowledge before we head off on our adventure! Ideal for couples, families or friend groups from age 12+ so long as you can swim at least 50m. This a very accessible water sport and you don't need any experience to join in. Each session is currently limited to 5 spaces to meet social distancing guidelines :)
I've been stand-up paddleboarding for over 10 years and really fell in love with SUP touring the River Wye in Wales on a paddleboard. I desperately wanted to find a way to share the excitement of the world's fastest growing watersport, safely and with as many people as possible; this lead me to become a qualified ASI (Academy of Surf Instructors) SUP Instructor, and we are now an ASI Accredited SUP School and a British Canoeing Delivery Partner based on the River Avon. I love how this super accessible activity is as tranquil as it is fun and whilst it disconnects us from screens, urban life and our busy day to day stresses, it reconnects us with our friends and families, the natural world and even ourselves :)
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Starting at Arden Sailing Club we'll head down the River Avon, passing under the ancient Eckington Bridge as we explore the local river as it winds it's way amongst the local wildlife, enjoying the stunning views of the surrounding countryside from Bredon Hill to the Malvern Hills, all from the unique perspective of standing up on the water! We'll be away from roads, towns and the noise of civilization; just us, the water and Mother Nature :)
We just ask that you dress for the weather; board shorts and tee shirts are a favourite, or perhaps your yoga outfit on a warm day, maybe a fleece or light windproof layers during the cooler months.
It's always nerve-wracking trying something new, especially on the water, but SUP is a safe, accessible activity and we'll take care of you. You may not even get wet!