Learn to Open Water SUP

£ 150

Newquay, Cornwall

Intermediate & Advanced
Lessons & Courses
Newquay, Cornwall
Max. group size: 2
Cancellation: Moderate
Minimum booking size: 1
Start time(s): 10:00, 14:00
Duration: 3 hours
£ 150

Activity Highlights:

With our Open Water SUP Course you’ll elevate your stand-up paddleboarding experience with a focus on technical mastery, physical prowess, and mental resilience. This 3-hour immersive course goes beyond conventional SUP and is designed for adventurers who are ready to challenge their limits.

Key Details

  • Price: One-to-one: £150 | Two-to-one: £201
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Timing: Divided into 1-hour theory and 2-hour practical session
  • Equipment Provided: Touring boards of various sizes, carbon paddles, buoyancy aids, throw lines, 5mm full wetsuits, suitable leashes

Please Note: You will be directed to select a start time (10am or 2pm). We will do our best to cater to your choice of a morning or afternoon session but your exact start time will be confirmed once you book as it will be based on tide times for that day.

Open Water SUP

At our centre, we break the mold with our Open Water SUP sessions.

What sets us apart?

Two things: our hard-construction touring boards, and you, the adventurer willing to defy the ordinary.

  1. Our Boards: Unlike the inflatable boards you commonly see, our hard boards offer unmatched speed, stability, and agility. They let you slice through choppy waters and strong winds, taking your paddleboarding to a whole new level.
  2. It’s About You: Think you’ve ‘done’ SUP? Trust us, you’ve barely scratched the surface. Open Water SUP will challenge and restore you, both physically and mentally. You’ll gain strength, coordination, and self-reliance, and leave the water a different person than when you entered.

So, if you believe in truly living your one precious life, paddle with purpose with us. We’re not just passionate about SUP; we live it, breathe it, and are excited to take you on this transformative journey.

Ready to leave the 99% behind? Come join us!

Key Skills

  • Open Water Skills: Sea-chop up to 10 cm, non-breaking swell up to 0.5 m. 
  • High Wind Skills: Wind up to 15 knots, a flat-water enclosed environment (not affected by chop or swell) with shallow sloping sides.
  • Tide Paddling Skills: – Tide up to 2 knots (flooding tide up to slack water only).
  • Technical Skills:
    • Paddling techniques (upwind, crosswind, downwind)
    • Tidal river crossing and back-eddy hopping
    • Enhanced speed, power, precision, and efficiency
    • Rough water stability and self-rescue techniques
  • Theory Skills:
    • Advanced route planning
    • Weather forecasting and tide knowledge
    • Water reading and fear management
    • Equipment know-how
  • Equipment: 11’0, 12’6 or 14’0 hard construction touring boards, carbon paddles, rough water buoyancy aids, throw lines, 5mm full wetsuits, suitable leashes, comms, first aid. 

Course Breakdown

  1. One Hour: Dive into theory, covering topics like route planning and weather forecasting.
  2. Next Two Hours: Hands-on paddling experience, learning various skills ranging from enhanced paddling to self-rescue techniques.


We will meet at our centre which is located underneath Headland Hotel. We are located directly under the Terrace Bar in the main hotel building. When you book, we will send you the precise address.


Prior experience on one of our SUP tours or an equivalent intro lesson elsewhere is required. Please not that this is a very specific form of paddleboarding. We are quite unique in being able to offer Open Water SUP thanks to our location, team experience and equipment. This is not suitable for beginners.

Why Choose Us?

We’re a collective of lifelong surfers and SUP-ers passionate about sharing our knowledge with you. We exclusively use hard-construction touring boards for a superior paddling experience. We’re based at the luxurious Headland Hotel, overlooking Fistral Beach.  And our sessions aren’t just about SUP; they’re a journey in self-discovery and building resilience.

Ready to leave the 99% behind? Book your transformative journey with us today!

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What's Included:

  • All necessary SUP & safety gear
  • 3-hour open water SUP lesson, comprising both theory and practical skills
  • Use of changing rooms, showers, and restrooms

What's Not Included:

  • Towel and swimming costume (please bring your own)
  • Lockers (valuables left at your own risk)
  • Transportation to and from meeting point


Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Group Size of 2 and above: 33% discount



Group Size of 2 and above: 33% discount

Frequently Asked Questions

Just a towel and swimming costume/shorts or similar to wear under the wetsuits. All equipment and wetsuits (and in cooler months boots, gloves and hoods) are provided and included in the lesson price.

3 hours, including 1 hour of theory and 2 hours on the water.

Please come to our centre, located below the Headland Hotel, at the arranged time for your lesson, no need to come early. We will send you the full address when you book with us. Please note that you will be asked to choose a start time but start times will vary depending on the tide times. Your exact start time will be confirmed when you book.

Safety and lesson quality are our prime directives. If we cannot fulfill these, we will postpone your lesson. The decision to run or postpone the lesson will be made by the lead instructor. In this case, you will be contacted and offered alternative times and dates for your session.

Sorry, no. This course is for those with prior SUP experience looking to enhance their skills. We use hard touring boards and practice in challenging water, so you will need to have prior experience to do this session.

Cornwall is blessed with clean seas, largely free from biting things! You might see seals, jellyfish, and even a dolphin on your Open Water SUP Session!

At this is an open water session, we will go beyond the shallows, so you will need to be confident enough as a swimmer to get back on your board should you fall in in deep water.

How it works: 

  1. Make a booking.
  2. The centre will accept your booking, usually within an hour or two.
  3. Pay for the booking to confirm it.

If you have specific questions, please put them in the comments section, and the centre will answer before you pay.

If something isn't right or if there are no dates available, then send us a message in the live chat.

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Cancellation Policy


  • You can cancel until 48 hours before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 24 hours beforehand and the full amount after 24 hours 


  • You can cancel until 5 days before your booking for a full refund
  • If you cancel after that, you’ll pay 50% up to 48 hours beforehand and the full amount after 48 hours 


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 14 days before their booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount


  • To receive a full refund, you must cancel at least 30 days before your booking
  • If you cancel between 7 and 30 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost
  • If you cancel less than 7 days before the booking starts, you’ll pay the full amount
  • You can also receive a full refund if you cancel within 48 hours of paying, if the cancellation occurs at least 14 days before the booking starts