DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons, vouchers and booking forms
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 .Please read on…..
COVID-19 UPDATE 1st June 2021 – THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION SUPERCEDES ANY OF OUR REGULAR OPERATING SESSIONS UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE – PLEASE READ ON
We can now offer Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) lessons for up to 8 pupils per session at ONE of our 3 venues as follows.
Please note, the venue that you attend can vary depending on weather conditions, numbers attending group sessions and your location. We will confirm which venue it will be once your booking form is received.
Upper Arley (Near Bewdley) – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays – 11am and 1.30pm
Bittell Reservoir (Near Alvechurch) – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays – 11am, 1.30pm, 4pm – Sundays 10am and 11am only
Waters Edge – Bishampton (off Junction 6 – M5) – Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays,Saturdays – 11am, 1.30pm, 3pm – Sunday afternoons – 1.30pm, 3pm
Mondays and Wednesdays will be by special appointment only. Please call us on 07812 141742 to make an enquiry.
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While social distancing is still in place, we will observe the Government guidelines for social distancing along with some new policies laid out by British Canoeing and the Academy of Surf Instructors.
Current Prices are as follows for the Bronze Introductory lesson as of 01/03/2021 (see below for Silver,Gold and package deals) :-
1 to 1 lesson Bronze – £45.00 per person which is discounted from £60.00 given the current COVID19 situation. Please state in the booking form message box at the bottom if you want a private group of 1 to 1 lessons for up to 8 participants.
Groups of 2-3 booked at the same time – Bronze – £35.00 per person
Groups of 4-8 or more booked at the same time – Bronze – £27.95 per person (when part of a group lesson or multi levels booked for the same day)
We hope to see you on the water soon.
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).
More recently we achieved the British Canoeing Quality Mark which means you will receive safe, well equipped and well informed SUP lessons.
We also sell Stand Up Paddleboards (SUP) and other Watersports gear at our Halesowen based Shop just off junction 3 of the M5. These goods are also available on this website. Click here for a look at whats we sell online
Courses on offer
There are 3 lessons on offer, Bronze intro, 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 Bishampton – near Droitwich, Bittell Reservoir – Cofton Hacket, near Alvechurch , or on our local Rivers or Canals. Feel free to repeat the lessons if you want pointers or further coaching.
We also run our SUP Paddleboard club from Bishampton.
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.
If you wanted to buy any watersports clothing or footwear, then please head over to our other pages @ https://www.devineride.co.uk
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.
Times (check COVID 19 situation above)
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.
Price – See above – Duration : 1 hour
(please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page)
– 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.
Price for Groups of 2-3 people – £45.00 per person
Price for Groups of 4-8 people – £40.00 per person
Duration : 1.5 hours
(please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page)
– 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
Cost: £59.00 (please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page)
– PACKAGE DEAL – BRONZE + SILVER + GOLD LEVELS –
Book all 3 lessons for one day and get a discounted rate of £115.00 saving you £24.00 (please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page as this deal may not be available at this time)
Venues : mixed as per above depending on conditions at the discretion of the instructor.
To Purchase a Package Deal GIFT VOUCHER, please click here
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 4-5
- 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 4-5
- 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 4-5
- 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
* 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 maneuvers
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 either with us or on your own.
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 £27.95 (Groups of 4 or more) including all equipment or £20.00 if you use your own board and paddle (please check COVID19 situation at the top of the page)
* Kids and Adults School Holiday Paddleboard sessions/packages on Canals or Rivers or Lakes (Where you can already paddleboard or have your own equipment)
Please note, we can offer school holiday Paddleboard sessions/packages on canals or rivers or Lakes 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 07801 258704 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.
Please fill in this form for EACH person in your group. Once you have submitted the form, refresh the page in your browser to enter another person.