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 West Midlands and Worcestershire areas.
We are fully qualified and insured SUP Instructors, trained by the world renowned and respected Academy of Surf Instructors (ASI).
Courses on offer
Each course that DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons offer, has a minimum number of participants required (4 as a general rule). So if you know 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.
However, if you wish to have a 1 to 1, 2-1 or 3-1 session then the prices for these is obviously going to cost a little more (see below). The cost of each course includes all of the equipment required to SUP, ie Board, Paddle and Leash.
Here at DR-SUP Stand Up Paddleboard Lessons ,the youngest age of 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 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.
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
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.
Purchasing SUP and Watersports clothing
We also sell the above gear in our shop at discounted rates to participants, 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.
Cost = £30.00 per participant based on a group of 4
Cost = £40.00 per participant based on a group of 3
Cost = £55.00 per participant based on a group 2
Cost = £65.00 per single participant (one to one)
– 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.
– 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. We will also go over more advanced SUP boards and the differences between learner and advanced SUP boards. Our aim by the end of this lesson is for you to be able to ride rivers comfortably and know what how to either avoid or deal with hazards the river can throw at you.
Each river tour has 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
- 1.25 hour cruising time (approx)
- Difficulty = Moderate
- Cost = £39.00 per participant based on a group of 4
- Cost = £50.00 per participant based on a group of 3
- Cost = £60.00 per participant based on a group of 2
- Cost = £70.00 per single participant
Tour 2 – Hampton Loade to Arley
- Distance = 5 miles
- 1.5 hours cruising time (approx)
- Difficulty = Easy – Moderate
- Cost = £35.00 per participant based on a group of 4
- Cost = £45.00 per participant based on a group of 3
- Cost = £55.00 per participant based on a group of 2
- Cost = £60.00 per single participant
Tour 3 – Bridgnorth – Hampton Loade
- Distance = 6 miles
- 2.5-3 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
To book, please use the contact page, say how many participants you want take part, your preferred dates and current SUP experience.
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