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For this Discover Stand Up Paddle Boarding course participants should be able to swim 10 metres wearing a buoyancy aid. All participants should be 16 years +.
If you would like to attend with a younger course participant, please contact the centre for further details prior to attending to speak to one of our coaches, as we do also stock tandem SUP boards.
Our Discover Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Skills course is suitable for anyone who is water confident and willing to give it a go. Tollymore’s location gives the flexibility to select the most suitable flat water sheltered venue for your First Step SUP Skills course, ensuring you get the most out of your session.
SUP boards are much longer, wider and more buoyant than ‘normal’ surfboards, enabling you to comfortably balance on them and propel yourself with the paddle. The equipment is light and easy to carry independently and really is a fantastic way to get around on the water.
The coaching session will begin with a safety briefing and general familiarisation with the board and paddle. We then demonstrate launching, landing and the safety position which everyone should revert to whenever they have any balance difficulties or when they return to shore.
We then provide detailed coaching on paddling techniques and steering the board. Skills taught will include how to stand using the correct posture and technique, forward and reverse paddle, simple turns and self-rescue techniques.
Eventually we will take you on a journey giving you the opportunity to put into practice the skills you have just acquired.
The Discover Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Skills course is an introductory session aimed at those wishing to give Stand Up Paddling a go for the first time.
Course participants will be able to avail of all kit and equipment from our extensive stores. Participants are encouraged to bring footwear (wetsuit boots or old trainers) suitable for paddling, swimwear to wear under a wetsuit which we will provide, a warm long sleeved top, towel/toiletries, snack food and flask for a warm drink at the end of your session.
Participants are always encouraged to bring any personal equipment so they get the opportunity to be coached using the equipment they are most familiar with.
The fee includes kit , equipment, in- course transport and instruction from one of our experienced instructors.