SUP Safer – British Canoeing Paddleboard Safety Course

SUP Safer - British Canoeing Paddleboard Safety Course

£ 45

Perth, Scotland

Beginner & Intermediate
Lessons & Courses, Certifications
Minimum age: 14
Perth, Scotland
Max. group size: 8
Cancellation: Strict
£ 45

Activity Highlights:

Embark on a journey to enhanced safety and confidence on the water with our SUP Safer Course, a comprehensive British Canoeing accredited Paddleboard Safety Course. This programme is tailored for beginners and improvers in stand-up paddleboarding, focusing on personal safety in sheltered water environments.

Key Details

  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Level: Suitable for all abilities
  • Age Group: Adults (14+)
  • Qualification: British Canoeing – SUP Safer
  • Price: £45 per person

Key Skills

The course covers essential safety skills and knowledge:

  • Understanding and using SUP equipment effectively.
  • Awareness of environmental factors and weather conditions.
  • Planning for safe paddleboarding sessions.
  • Key safety practices on the water.

Course Breakdown

Throughout the 4-hour duration of the SUP Safer course, participants will be engaged in a series of practical and informative sessions, all aimed at enhancing their safety skills in stand-up paddleboarding.

Covering four key modules, the course provides a well-rounded education in all critical aspects of SUP safety:

  1. SUP Equipment
  2. Environment and Weather
  3. Planning
  4. Safety on the Water

In the initial phase of the course, you’ll delve into the practical aspects of using leashes. This involves understanding the different types and their specific applications, ensuring you can select and use the appropriate leash for various paddleboarding conditions. Following this, there’s an in-depth exploration of essential equipment, where you’ll learn not just about the gear itself but also how to perform condition checks to ensure everything is safe and ready for use.

A significant portion of the course is dedicated to mastering various techniques crucial for safety on the water. This includes learning effective methods for towing other boards, essential self-rescue skills, and techniques for rescuing others in various scenarios. One of the highlights of the course is the specialised training for unconscious paddler rescues – a vital skill set for handling potential emergencies.

Hands-on experience is a cornerstone of the course. You’ll have ample opportunity to practice these skills in the water, engaging in real-life safety scenarios that prepare you for actual paddleboarding experiences. This practical approach ensures that the knowledge gained is not just theoretical but also applicable in real-world situations.

Set in a sheltered water environment, the course allows you to explore and become aware of potential hazards in such settings. More importantly, it equips you with the knowledge and skills to either avoid these hazards or effectively deal with them if encountered.

Upon completion of the course, participants receive attendance certificates. This certification serves as a testament to the skills and knowledge acquired, marking a significant step in your journey as a responsible and skilled paddleboarder.


Hosted at Willowgate in Perthshire, our course takes place near Perth City Centre, set against the backdrop of the River Tay and Kinnoull Hill, offering an ideal learning environment.

We will send you the precise meeting point upon booking, but you can view our location on the map at the bottom of this page, and there is more information on how to reach us in the FAQs on this page.


Participants should be comfortable in the water and eager to learn about SUP safety. Participants must be aged 14+.

Why Choose Us?

We provide expert instruction, high-quality facilities, and a stunning natural setting, making it the ideal place to learn SUP safety. Our British Canoeing accredited course ensures not only skill development but also recognised certification in paddleboarding safety. With limited spaces for personalised attention and ample time for practical application, we are dedicated to empowering paddleboarders with the knowledge and skills needed for safer experiences on the water. Join us to enhance your SUP safety awareness and enjoy the tranquility of paddleboarding with confidence.

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What's Included:

  • Expert instruction by certified British Canoeing trainers.
  • Practical and theoretical safety training.
  • Equipment for the course.
  • British Canoeing certification upon successful completion.

What's Not Included:

  • Personal insurance.
  • Water shoes (please bring your own, old trainers will do).
  • Towel and swimwear for under a wetsuit.
  • Sunscreen, snacks, and drinks.


Car parking available
Changing rooms available
Showers Available

Frequently Asked Questions

The centre is located in the heart of Perthshire, a short distance from Perth City Centre. You can find us on the banks of the River Tay, with signage to guide you in from major routes.

We will send you the precise address and postcode upon booking, but here is a summary to help you plan your visit:

  • By Foot: From Perth City Centre, you have two options:
    • Take the scenic riverside walk from Rodney Gardens, noting it can be muddy in winter or a wildflower path in summer. Be mindful of high tide times, as the path isn’t accessible one hour either side of high tide. This path’s conditions can vary.
    • For a firmer path, cross South Street bridge, turn right onto Dundee Road, and follow the pavement directly to the centre.
  • By Car: Use the postcode provided Sat Nav.
    • From Dundee, take A90, then A85, staying on Dundee Rd and look for brown tourist signs.
    • From Perth, go over South Street bridge, right on Dundee Rd/A85.
    • From Edinburgh, take M90, exit at Junction 11 for A85, and follow the signs.
  • By Bike: A cycle lane is available along Dundee Road, suitable for experienced cyclists. You can also follow the riverside walk, but may need to dismount in places. Secure bike storage is planned for the future
  • By Bus: Perth City Centre has bus stops about a 40-minute walk from our centre. A limited bus service stops at Walnut Grove, a 5-minute walk away, and an electric bus stop is directly outside our centre. Check Google Maps for the latest schedules and stops with the provided postcode.

We monitor the weather closely and will inform you in advance if conditions are unsafe for paddleboarding. We can reschedule your session for a later date if this is the case. However, a bit of rain and a grey sky won’t stop us. We will only reschedule if the conditions are unsafe.

The course is ideal for anyone new to SUP or those who have some experience but want to improve their safety knowledge and skills on the water.

The course duration is 4 hours, providing comprehensive safety training within this time frame.

You should bring water shoes (or old trainers), a towel, swimwear for under a wetsuit, sunscreen, and your lunch and drinks.

Yes, upon successful completion, participants will receive a British Canoeing certification acknowledging attendance in the SUP safety course.

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