🏆 Paddle UK, SUP Sheltered Water Award, Surrey

🏆 Paddle UK, SUP Sheltered Water Award, Surrey

£ 100

Paxmead Riverside Base, Shepperton

🏆 Paddle UK, SUP Sheltered Water Award, Surrey
Beginner & Intermediate & Advanced & Expert
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 18
Paxmead Riverside Base, Shepperton
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Custom
Start time(s): 09:00
Duration: 8 hours
£ 100

Activity Highlights:

Obtain a certification under the Paddle UK Awards system (formerly known as British Canoeing). Your SUP Sheltered Water Award is a Paddle UK Personal Performance Award, tailored for those looking to enhance their skills in a sheltered water environment.

Develop your independence in a sheltered water environment

This award provides comprehensive training to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and confident paddling experience. It will give you the ability to organise and carry out a safe and enjoyable trip on the water up to 200 metres from shore, up to force 3 in winds. This award is also designed to develop a range of skills such as the correct feet, body positioning and strokes required to keep you balanced. It offers a structured and supportive pathway to achieve your goals.

This course will run on the non-tidal stretch of the River Thames between Shepperton and Chertsey. Your SUP coaches will be India & Joshua. “Our aim is to inspire people of all ages and abilities to paddle, and enjoy our local waterways as much as we do“.

Key Details

  • Certification: SUP Sheltered Water Award by Paddle UK
  • Course Duation: 1 day 8 hours
  • Location: Paxmead Riverside Base, Shepperton
  • Equipment: Kit can be provided or please bring your own
  • Minimum age: This course is suitable for ages 18+

What to Expect

The SUP Sheltered Water Award focuses on equipping you with the knowledge and skills to plan and execute safe and enjoyable paddle boarding trips in sheltered waters. Through this award, you will gain:

  • Fundamental Paddleboarding Skills: Learn the correct feet and body positioning to maintain balance and control over your board.
  • Advanced Paddling Techniques: Master a range of strokes and manoeuvres to navigate through different water conditions effectively.
  • Safety and Planning: Understand how to assess weather and water conditions, plan your route, and carry out a trip safely up to 200 metres from shore.
  • Personal Development: This award not only enhances your technical skills but also focuses on decision-making and personal development in the paddle boarding environment of your choice.

Why Choose Us?

With small group sizes, expert tuition from friendly SUP coaches, and a focus on both safety and fun, you’ll finish this course feeling confident and capable on the water.

Whether you’re here to improve your skills and knowledge, build confidence, or simply enjoy the great outdoors from the unique perspective of a stand up paddle board, we’re excited to welcome you on board.

Prerequisites

If you’d like the Award certification, the only prerequisite is to have a Paddle UK (British Canoeing) on the water membership. If you don’t have one, contact us for information on where to purchase one.

To get best from the course you should be a competent paddler.

 

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What's Included:

  • 8 Hour Comprehensive SUP Training
  • Skill Development
  • Equipment Use: Access to quality paddle boarding equipment during the course, ensuring you have the right tools to learn and practice your skills
  • Safety & support: With two friendly qualified SUP coaches (India & Joshua
  • Access to: hot showers / toilets / all day parking / unlimited tea & biscuits

What's Not Included:

  • Personal Gear: Participants are expected to bring their own suitable water attire, and appropriate footwear for water sports.
  • Meals and Beverages: Food and drinks are not provided as part of the course. Participants should bring their own lunch, snacks, and water
  • Paddle UK On the Water Membership. If you'd like the Award certification, the only prerequisite is to be a Paddle UK (British Canoeing) on the water member. You must obtain this and provide us with your membership number prior to the course start date.
  • Certification fee: £10.40

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Frequently Asked Questions

Absolutely. Make sure you have your own Paddle UK On The Water membership (formally known as British Canoeing).

You should wear comfortable weather appropriate clothing for SUP: wetsuit, drysuit or activewear. We do not recommend cotton or denim. Please wear either wet shoes or old trainers that you don’t mind getting wet. It’s also a good idea to bring a change of clothes for after the course.

We will send out a detailed kit list nearer the time, but remember to have the following; bottle of water, sun cream, hat, towel, waterproofs, snacks & any medication eg inhaler.

If you are using your own kit, you will need: paddle board, paddle, buoyancy aid, waist leashes, phone case, drybag

Your safety is our priority, therefore we may have to rearrange the course if wind is a constant speed over 15 mph, if lightning is forecasted, or if the river becomes unsafe to paddle on. The river can flood and currents can sometimes become too strong due to consistent rain.

More than 7 days notice: We will provide you with a credit voucher valid for 12 months*, or reschedule you on to a different session. If neither are suitable then we will issue your card a full refund, minus a 10% administration fee. 7 days notice or less: You will not be entitled to a refund. However we will do our best to fill the space, if, and only if we manage to fill it then we will refund you, minus a 10% administration fee. Please contact us for more information.

Rescheduling and cancellations by us

We always do our very best to stick to our itinerary, however sometimes we have to make alterations depending on weather conditions, which may mean changes to the planned activities, or changes to the meeting location (within a reasonable distance) in order to provide you with a safer paddling experience. No refunds will be offered for changes to the itinerary or location. If weather conditions on the day aren’t as you hoped (e.g rain, cloudy sky), but the activity is still taking place you will not be eligible for a refund.

Your safety is our priority, therefore we may have to rearrange sessions if wind is a constant speed > 15 mph if lightning is forecasted, or if the river becomes unsafe to paddle on. The river can flood and currents can sometimes become too strong due to consistent rain. We follow advice from the Environment Agency and other local waterways organisations, and will not operate during a river/flood warning. We will let you know if the weather affects your booking ASAP.

If we deem the conditions to be unsafe to paddle in, and no alternative arrangements can be made, then we reserve the right to reschedule to a different day, or provide you with a voucher valid for 12 months*. We do not issue card refunds, we can only reschedule or refund in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months*.

We do not issue card refunds. We reschedule or refund in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months*

*Please note that although vouchers are valid for 12 months, we are a seasonal operation, and to avoid disappointment we recommend that you use your voucher as soon as you can.

Yes. If you are new to paddling, you may wish to look at the Paddle Start, Discover and Explore Awards. We are also providers of the The SUP Safer course along with the SUP Safer Tideway Training & SUP Sheltered Water Award.

Please check below for our other trips, locations and dates, or contact us through chat feature.

Our summer season runs from April – September (weather dependent).

We have 5 mm winter wetsuits for customers to use. They are mandatory during the winter months and they must be requested in advance. In the high season wetsuits are not so necessary however you might want to consider wearing your own summer shorty wetsuit.

It’s likely. Come with the same expectations that you would to a surfing lesson. Bring a change of warm dry clothes and a towel.

Yes. A basic level of water confidence is required and we ask that you can swim a minimum of 50m unaided.

We are mobile and we will provide you with a location of where to meet.

Depending on the course or trip, but most lessons are suitable for ages 12+, however anyone under the age of 18 needs to be accompanied in the session by a parent / legal guardian 21 years and over.

Please contact us if you are enquiring about anyone under 12 as we do have one small jnr board.

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Cancellation Policy

Flexible

  • 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 

Moderate

  • 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 

Firm

  • 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

Strict

  • 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

Custom Cancellation Policy

More than 7 days notice: We will provide you with a credit voucher valid for 12 months*, or reschedule you on to a different session. If neither are suitable then we will issue your card a full refund, minus a 10% administration fee. 7 days notice or less: You will not be entitled to a refund. However we will do our best to fill the space, if, and only if we manage to fill it then we will refund you, minus a 10% administration fee. Please contact us for more information.

Rescheduling and cancellations by us

We always do our very best to stick to our itinerary, however sometimes we have to make alterations depending on weather conditions, which may mean changes to the planned activities, or changes to the meeting location (within a reasonable distance) in order to provide you with a safer paddling experience. No refunds will be offered for changes to the itinerary or location. If weather conditions on the day aren't as you hoped (e.g rain, cloudy sky), but the activity is still taking place you will not be eligible for a refund. 

Your safety is our priority, therefore we may have to rearrange sessions if wind is a constant speed > 15 mph if lightning is forecasted, or if the river becomes unsafe to paddle on. The river can flood and currents can sometimes become too strong due to consistent rain. We follow advice from the Environment Agency and other local waterways organisations, and will not operate during a river/flood warning. We will let you know if the weather affects your booking ASAP.

If we deem the conditions to be unsafe to paddle in, and no alternative arrangements can be made, then we reserve the right to reschedule to a different day, or provide you with a voucher valid for 12 months*. We do not issue card refunds, we can only reschedule or refund in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months*.

We do not issue card refunds. We reschedule or refund in the form of a voucher valid for 12 months*

*Please note that although vouchers are valid for 12 months, we are a seasonal operation, and to avoid disappointment we recommend that you use your voucher as soon as you can. 

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