DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons
Are you looking to learn Stand Up Paddleboarding, (SUP for short) ? Then you have come to the right place at DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons .
Here at DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons are our Midlands Based Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Instructors.
Offering a variety of courses to get you started in this fast growing sport at venues across the Birmingham, West Midlands and Worcestershire areas.
All our instructors are fully qualified and insured SUP Instructors, trained by the world renowned and respected Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI).
We also sell Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) and other Watersports gear at our Halesowen based Shop just of junction 3 of the M5.
Courses on offer
There are 3 lessons on offer, Bronze, Silver and Gold. Each lesson is designed to allow you to progress to a stage where you can feel comfortable in paddleboarding on your own. Whether it be on our lake in Cofton, near Alvechurch and Barnt Green, or on our local Rivers or Canals.
If you know of a friend or relative that might be interested in having fun for an hour and learning something really cool and new then bring them along for the Bronze intro session.
The cost of each course includes all of the equipment required to SUP, ie Board, Paddle and Leash and buoyancy aid if required.
DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons start with the youngest age a person that can participate is 8 years old. In order to come on the course we would prefer that the participants be able to swim 50 metres in open water, un-assisted. This is not a hard and fast rule and we will assess each participant on a case by case basis.
The ideal clothing to wear for this sport in fair weather, is a surfing rash guard, swim or board shorts and some decent beach shoes.
If you don’t have any of this gear and you don’t wish to buy any new stuff then you should try and wear old clothing like old trainers and lightweight T shirt and swim shorts. Lycra leggings are also a good idea as they are light and don’t get water logged. They also provide a bit of insulation against the wind and cold water.
This should be clothing that you don’t mind getting wet plus an old pair of shoes as you may need to enter or exit the water near a beach and you don’t want to be hurting your feet on stones and gravel.
Please do not wear heavy cotton clothing as if you fall into the water then these will get sodden and weigh you down and make it difficult to stay afloat.
Cold weather clothing hire
Cold weather conditions can affect your performance. If you take your course in colder weather, and you don’t have the appropriate gear, you may hire a wetsuit from DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons @ £5 per person per session.
Parking, course times, visitors,changing rooms and facilities at Barnt Green Sailing Club
Please park in the visitor car park on the left as you enter main wooden gate. Please walk past the caretakers house to the to main club house building. You are free to use the changing rooms and showers at the club free of charge.
The courses at Bittell Reservoir (Barnt Green Sailing Club) run from 10.30 am till 12.30 pm so you should arrive ideally for 10 am for a 10.30 start.
NO DOGS ALLOWED.The club has a strict policy of not allowing dogs or other pets on site. Visitors not taking part in activities can come and watch and can buy refreshments in the clubhouse. Alcohol cannot be sold to none club members.
Look out for our flag with the “DR” logo on it which is where the lessons will be held.
Purchasing SUP and Watersports clothing
Want to purchase your own gear ? Participants can buy the above gear in our shop at discounted rates . Should you wish to purchase it before hand, either pop into the shop to try the gear on or shop online here
– BRONZE LEVEL – An introduction to Stand Up Paddleboarding (SUP)
On the Bronze Level course, the aim is to get you standing up by the end of it. This is a 1 hour lesson and among other things you will learn a little about the equipment you use, the safety elements required, the basic paddling techniques and self rescue. Our aim by the end of this lesson is for you to be able stand up on a SUP board and use very basic paddle techniques. If you complete the bronze level then you can move onto the Silver Level.
Duration : 1 hour
Venue : Barnt Green Sailing Club, Upper Bittell Reservoir, Birmingham,, Cofton Church Ln, Cofton Hackett, Birmingham B45 8BH
Cost : £25.00 per participant
– SILVER LEVEL – Advanced Paddling Technique and board maneuverability
The Silver level course is a review of what you learned in the Bronze. In addition now we will look at your body position, a review of you current paddle techniques, some new paddle techniques and how to move through the water with the least amount of effort in an efficient manner. We will also go through some more efficient ways in which to turn the board. At the end of lesson we will briefly go over board types and paddles. Our aim by the end of this lesson is for you to be able to make quick turns and have your basic forward stoke paddle technique dialed in. If you complete this lesson satisfactorily then you can move on to Gold Level.
Duration : 1.5 hours
Venue: Barnt Green Sailing Club, Upper Bittell Reservoir, Birmingham,, Cofton Church Ln, Cofton Hackett, Birmingham B45 8BH
Cost : £25.00 per participant
– GOLD LEVEL – More Advanced Paddling Techniques,and an introduction to riding rivers
The Gold level course is a review of what you learned in the Silver Level. This is generally held on a quiet part of a river with virtually no current or flow. We will go through the safety elements of riding rivers while identifying hazards, the pitfalls that rivers can throw at you and how to get out of trouble, should the need arise. We will observe you paddling upstream and paddling downstream in a controlled manner. You will also be offered the chance to SUP from Arley to Bewdley if you feel confident and time allows on the same day as your lesson. Our aim by the end of this lesson is for you to be able to ride rivers comfortably and know how to either avoid or deal with hazards the river can throw at you. We will go over more advanced SUP boards and the differences between learner and advanced SUP boards, their features and benefits.
Duration : 2 – 3 hours
Venue: Arley Slipway, Near Riverside Tearoom, Arley Lane, Upper Arley, DY12 1XA
– PACKAGE DEAL – BRONZE + SILVER + GOLD LEVELS –
Book all 3 lessons and get a discounted rate of £95.00
Venues : mixed as per above.
River Tour Adventures*
These recreational River Tour Adventures, each have been completed extensively over the last 15 years either by canoe or of late, by SUP. The river tours can be completed any time of year provided the conditions are favourable and do not pose a threat to life or limb. An assessment of the conditions will be made on the day before the trip and any clients will be informed the day before if the trip is not going ahead.
Please note, a buoyancy aide is mandatory on any river tours – which will be supplied free of charge as part of the equipment.
Please see our terms and conditions page for details of cancellations.
Tour 1 – Arley to Bewdley
- Distance = 4 miles
- 2.0 hours (approx)
- Difficulty = Moderate
- Cost = £35.00 per participant based on a group of 4
- Cost = £39.00 per participant based on a group of 3
- Cost = £49.00 per participant based on a group of 2
- Cost = £59.00 per single participant one to one
Tour 2 – Hampton Loade to Arley
- Distance = 5 miles
- 2.0 hours (approx)
- Difficulty = Easy – Moderate
- Cost = £39.00 per participant based on a group of 4
- Cost = £49.00 per participant based on a group of 3
- Cost = £59.00 per participant based on a group of 2
- Cost = £69.00 per single participant one to one
Tour 3 – Bridgnorth – Hampton Loade
- Distance = 6 miles
- 4 Hours cruising time (approx)
- Difficulty = Moderate – Difficult (due to distance and rapids and hazards)
- Cost = £45.00 per participant based on a group of 4
- Cost = £55.00 per participant based on a group of 3
- Cost = £65.00 per participant based on a group of 2
- Cost = £75.00 per single participant one to one
*The to be able to participate on a recreational River Tour adventure, you either must have already completed up to Gold level as a pre-requisite. If you can already SUP to good standard then you will need to provide proof that you can perform various SUP techniques and manoeuvres
Canal tour – The Lock at Wolverley – Kidderminster (and return)
This is particularly beautiful part of the canal, very clean, teaming with fish and wildlife and most importantly, clear of any rubbish and debris so nice and safe and clean. We have SUP’d this part of the canal quite a few times and constantly survey it for safety and cleanliness. If you have Paddleboarded before, then this is a logical and the next safest step before you try a river.
The levels of the canal very rarely change as the levels are maintained by locks and overflows. This is a great alternative exercise if you have your own board and it really tones up the core, shoulders and back. All this while paddling leisurely down the canal and taking in the scenery, wildlife and fresh air. And if you have a driver to pick you up after your paddle then why not go for a nice refreshing drink at the Lock Pub and watch the Narrowboats come and go through the locks.
- 1 -2 hours cruising time
- Distance = 1.3 miles each way
- Difficulty = Easy
- Cost £25.00 including all equipment or £20.00 if you use your own board and paddle
* Kids and Adults School Holiday Paddleboard sessions/packages on Canals and Rivers (Where you can already paddleboard or have your own equipment)
Please note, we can offer school holiday Paddleboard sessions/packages on canals and rivers provided the participants meet our minimum Paddleboarding standard. This means we will want to either see some proof that the participant has attended lessons with a school or instructor. Or they should also be able to demonstrate various basic Paddleboard strokes and manoeuvres. They should also be able demonstrate a self rescue.
For the 1/2 day and full day school holidays packages either email us via the contact page
Or, if you prefer, call us on 07812 141742 and we’ll talk it through with you.
Need to buy a SUP board or equipment then take a look at our SUP range
To book, please use the booking form below or come into the shop or telephone us on 07801258704, say how many participants you want take part, your preferred dates and current SUP experience.
SUP Lesson Booking Form