Learn to Open Water SUP

£ 150

Newquay, Cornwall

Learn to Open Water SUP
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.

Location

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.

Prerequisites

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

Facilities

Changing rooms available
Showers Available
Toilets

Group Size of 2 and above: 33% discount

Discounts

Discounts

Group Size of 2 and above: 33% discount

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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.

Testimonials

Tom
5
"I have had a great couple days with Dom. I am a lower intermediate surfer in need of learning some more advanced techniques to enjoy my surfing more and Dom helped massively with that. Dom has a brilliant holistic outlook with surfing, we did some really good mobility exercises to warm up, ran through some great technique stuff on land, helped me to understand the physics of surfing, and put it to practice out in the water. I feel a lot more equipped now to surf solo, and I have some clear areas to work on. Would recommend Dom to anyone who is after a kind, passionate and highly effective coach. The best surf coaching I’ve done!"
Kai
5
"10/10 great experience. I’ve traveled down with my other half all the way from Brighton for a get away down this amazing part of England and we can both say we are very much pleased with our choice to go with Surf Sanctuary. From amazing teaching through every aspect of how to surf safely and do it the right way, to great conversations and laughs throughout the lesson made us both feel very comfortable and content. I would definitely recommend to anyone if you’re looking for surf lessons whilst down in Newquay this is the place to go, no doubt about that."
Bhaswar
5
"An absolutely exhilarating morning with Dom, Hector and team! Great communication before and on the day. They kept a good eye on all the youngsters in our group and made it totally fun for them! I've never surfed in my life but with their coaching I was standing on the board by the end of the session. Have a go!"
Michelle
5
"Absolutely the best experience in Cornwall! We had our tours/ activities with Surf Sanctuary- headed by Dom. From inquiries, communication- it was great, decided to push booking. Situated at The Headland at Fistral, it was easy to locate and parking is free. From anxious friends, we ended loving the water more! 💖 All the equipments were in good working condition, wetsuits were CLEAN (they wash it properly every use). The orientation was so helpful it made my friends be confident in water. The staff knew their element, and will make you feel safe. Jaime was trying so hard to impress us in the Atlantic Water, making sure that we enjoy the snorkelling experience we had with them. Dom even hauled our friends for the whole trip, as they are not good swimmers. Then the coasteering- OMG we’re beyond words! It was a chef’s kiss cherry on top experience in our trip, it was tiring- but all worth it. I cannot even put into words how Dom and Jaimee made this trip so unforgettable! "
Evie
5
"I did the Ocean Confidence session with Dom today and it was amazing! He individualised the session to focus on areas of my surfing and ocean awareness that I am not confident in, and I learnt lots. The knowledge and skills learnt will really improve my surfing and safety in the water going forwards. Would highly recommend!"
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  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • If you cancel between 7 and 14 days before your booking, you’ll pay 50% of the cost.
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  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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  • 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.
  • Where applicable, deposit payments are non-refundable.

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